CT Imaging of the Pericardium

Phillip M. Young, Jerome F. Breen

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Pericardial disease can be challenging to diagnose, and imaging can play a useful role in confirming or even suggesting the diagnosis. Computed tomography (CT) is a particularly appealing option for investigating pericardial disease in many patients because the differential diagnosis for symptoms of acute pericarditis or constrictive pericarditis often includes other diseases which are also well assessed with CT. In addition, many patients will have findings of pericardial disease manifest on CT imaging for other suspected diseases, and these findings can be missed if careful attention is not paid to the pericardium. CT also can play an important role in evaluating specific pericardial lesions, such as cysts, tumors, and abscesses. We will review findings of various pericardial diseases on CT with illustrative cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Cardiovascular Imaging Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • CT
  • Constriction
  • Pericardial
  • Pericarditis
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Histology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology


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