Clinical utility of magnetic resonance imaging in the follow-up of chronic aortic type B dissection

Heart Lung Circ. 2014 Jul;23(7):e157-9. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2014.02.012. Epub 2014 Mar 6.


Several imaging modalities are utilised in the assessment of disease progression in chronic aortic dissection. We present the case of a 66 year-old male who underwent ascending aorta repair for Stanford type A aortic dissection. On follow-up the persisting dissection of the descending thoracic aorta was observed to regress on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI has several advantages over computed tomography (CT) scanning and echocardiography in the follow-up phase of this disease.

Keywords: Aorta; Aortic dissection; Chronic aortic dissection; Imaging; Magnetic resonance imaging.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aorta, Thoracic / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aorta, Thoracic / surgery
  • Aortic Rupture / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aortic Rupture / surgery
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography*
  • Male
  • Radiography