CT of Congenital Heart Disease

The role of multi-detector CT as an adjunct to echo-cardiography for evaluating congenital heart disease is presented.

Course ID: Q00192 Category:
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For CT technologists

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Targeted CE per ARRT’s Discipline, Category, and Subcategory classification for enrollments starting after February 8, 2023:
[Note: Discipline-specific Targeted CE credits may be less than the total Category A credits approved for this course.]

Cardiac-Interventional Radiography: 2.00
Procedures: 2.00
Diagnostic and Electrophysiology Procedures: 2.00

Computed Tomography: 2.75
Procedures: 2.75
Neck and Chest: 2.75

Nuclear Medicine Technology: 2.00
Procedures: 2.00
Cardiac Procedures: 2.00

Registered Radiologist Assistant: 2.00
Procedures: 2.00
Thoracic Section: 2.00


  1. Introduction
  2. Scanning Technique
  3. Radiation Exposure
  4. Sequential Segmental Approach
  5. Normal Anatomy
    1. Atria
    2. Ventricles
    3. Great Arteries
    4. Great Veins
    5. Normal Connections
  6. Extracardiac Abnormalities
    1. Aortic Coarctation
    2. Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection
    3. Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  7. Intracardiac Communications
    1. Atrial Septal Defect
    2. Ventricular Septal Defect
  8. Conotruncal Defects
    1. Tetralogy of Fallot
    2. Common Arterial Trunk
  9. Abnormal Connections
    1. Univentricular Heart
    2. Transposition of the Great Arteries
    3. Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries
    4. Double Outlet Ventricle
  10. Isomerism
  11. Conclusions


Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. understand pitfalls of echocardiography
  2. realize limitations of conventional angiography
  3. realize limitations due to contraindications of MRI
  4. understand benefits of MDCT
  5. learn proper applications for ECG gated CT
  6. be aware of increased radiation dose with ECG gated CT
  7. know sequential segmental approach
  8. understand correct anatomic sidedness
  9. comprehend normal cardiac connections
  10. understand normal atrial morphology
  11. understand normal ventricular morphology
  12. be able to determine normal ventricular sidedness
  13. be familiar with normal thoracic aortic anatomy
  14. be able to determine anatomic sidedness of the lungs
  15. understand flow dynamics of the right atrium
  16. understand flow dynamics of the left atrium
  17. know the location of the tricuspid valve
  18. know the location of the mitral valve
  19. be able to identify extracardiac anomalies
  20. understand aortic coarctation
  21. understand variations of anomalous pulmonary veins
  22. learn the physiology of patent ductus arteriosus
  23. understand the value of CT imaging of patent ductus arteriosus
  24. know the three types of atrial septal defects
  25. understand ventricular septal defect
  26. know the anomalies associated with tetralogy of Fallot
  27. be able to identify common arterial trunk
  28. be able to identify univentricular heart
  29. understand the physiology of transposition of the great vessels
  30. know the health ramifications of transpositions of the great arteries
  31. understand the physiology of congenitally corrected transposition of the great vessels
  32. be able to describe a double outlet ventricle
  33. understand isomerism
  34. be able to characterize right and left isomerism
  35. understand how CT may be utilized as an adjunct to other modalities for patients with congenital heart disease