CT angiography gets nod for neonates with heart disease
When balancing the risks of radiation dose exposure from CT angiography with the risks associated with a cardiac catheterization procedure, pediatric radiologists in Taiwan are selecting the CT exam for neonates with complex congenital heart disease. The procedure is noninvasive and fast and requires minimal or no sedation.
In a study of neonates who underwent this procedure at Sin Lau Hospital in Madou, Taiwan, during calendar years 2007 and 2008, a multidisciplinary team of cardiac specialists determined that the CT scans helped delineate cardiac abnormalities in 98% of the cases. Study findings were published in the August issue of Pediatrics and Neonatology.