Pediatric CMR

Welcome to Pediatric/Congenital Cardiac MRI! Our center specializes in cardiac MRI in children with congenital and acquired heart disease and offers unique expertise in adults with congenital heart disease.

Our team is led by M. Jay Campbell MD and Piers Barker MD, pediatric cardiologists trained in pediatric and congenital MR imaging. We accommodate patients of all ages. In infants and young children, we can perform cardiac MRI with the assistance of our specialized team of pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists as needed. Our team is focused on providing quality child and family centered care and providing you with the best experience possible.

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Congenital Heart Disease Specialists

Our faculty include board-certified pediatric specialists who provide dedicated pediatric and adult congenital heart care. Our faculty have completed advanced training in cardiac MRI, and are active in both cardiac MRI and congenital heart disease research and research societies. Our technologists are specially trained and exclusively perform cardiac MRI, and our team can handle the most complex pediatric and adult congenital cases.

CMR for all patient ages

At Duke, we can provide CMR to patients of all ages ranging from infants to adults. We work with the highly specialized Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia team to provide sedation and anesthesia to young children or older children with developmental delays. In many cases, the expertise of the pediatric cardiac anesthesia team allows us to perform our MRI studies in young patients with light sedation instead of general anesthesia, minimizing procedure time. Our team performs hundreds of congenital heart exams every year, and we have unparalleled experience and expertise in safe and accurate CMR exams.

Novel techniques for evaluation of pediatric and congenital heart disease

The DCMRC uses the latest technologies for pediatric and congenital heart disease to provide state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic information. In particular, we offer:

  • Analysis of cardiac function, including LV and RV ejection fraction, chamber size, wall thickness, and wall motion
  • Evaluation of myocardial viability using delayed-enhancement imaging
  • Quantitative tissue characterization with T1 and T2 mapping
  • Vascular anatomy and function
  • 3D imaging and printing
  • Complex flow analysis
  • Coronary artery anatomy
  • Myocardial perfusion

Cardiac assessment for women with congenital heart disease who are pregnant (or considering pregnancy)

Cardiac MRI can provide a safe, radiation free, imaging technique for women with congenital heart disease who are pregnant or are considering pregnancy.

Case examples:

Tetralogy of Fallot

Atrial septal defect

Ventricular septal defect & Unrepaired transposition of the great arteries

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in children

Hypoplastic right ventricle s/p Fontan

Hypoplastic left ventricle s/p/ Fontan

Duchenne's muscular dystrophy

Vascular ring

Aortic Coarctation

Criss-cross heart