[Consensus recommendations of the German Radiology Society (DRG), the German Cardiac Society (DGK) and the German Society for Pediatric Cardiology (DGPK) on the use of cardiac imaging with computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging]

Rofo. 2012 Apr;184(4):345-68. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1299400. Epub 2012 Mar 17.
[Article in German]


Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) have been developed rapidly in the last decade. Technical improvements and broad availability of modern CT and MRI scanners have led to an increasing and regular use of both diagnostic methods in clinical routine. Therefore, this German consensus document has been developed in collaboration by the German Cardiac Society, German Radiology Society, and the German Society for Pediatric Cardiology. It is not oriented on modalities and methods, but rather on disease entities. This consensus document deals with coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, arrhythmias, valvular diseases, pericardial diseases and structural changes, as well as with congenital heart defects. For different clinical scenarios both imaging modalities CT and MRI are compared and evaluated in the specific context.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • English Abstract
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiac Imaging Techniques / methods*
  • Child
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Germany
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / diagnosis*
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / physiopathology
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / therapy
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Heart Diseases / physiopathology
  • Heart Diseases / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Prognosis
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*