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Assessing outcomes after paediatric cardiac surgery- which test is best?
  1. Albert de Roos*
  1. 1 Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to: Albert de Roos, Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Albinusdreef 2, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, 2300 RC, Netherlands; a.de_roos{at}lumc.nl

Abstract

Imaging techniques are routinely used in the evaluation and follow-up of paediatric patients with a variety of congenital heart diseases. The selection of “ the best test” in these patients will depend on a number of issues, including the medical relevance of the outcome parameters for prognosis and guiding treatment options, the accuracy and reproducibility for measuring key parameters, the perceived pathophysiological implications of those measurements, the experience and preference of clinicians how to use the information, the convenience for the patient to undergo a specific test, the noninvasiveness and lack of complications of the test, the costs and the availability.

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