Imaging of the pericardium

J Thorac Imaging. 2001 Jan;16(1):47-54. doi: 10.1097/00005382-200101000-00007.


Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are modalities well suited for imaging of the pericardium and pericardial disease. Both offer excellent resolution with a wide field of view. Both have advantages and disadvantages when compared with each other and with echocardiography. Establishing the diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis is a common indication for CT or MRI of the pericardium. Pericarditis, neoplasms, effusions, and congenital anomalies are additional conditions involving the pericardium that can be diagnosed with CT and MRI.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Heart Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Pericardial Effusion / diagnosis
  • Pericarditis / diagnosis
  • Pericardium / pathology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*