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ISRN Cardiology
Volume 2014, Article ID 174908, 11 pages
Review Article

Evaluation of the Pericardium with CT and MR

1Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756, USA
2St. Luke’s Hospital, 915 East First Street, Duluth, MN 55805, USA

Received 31 October 2013; Accepted 18 November 2013; Published 29 January 2014

Academic Editors: K. Chandrasekaran, Y. Hasin, G. A. Rodriguez-Granillo, and M. Saeed

Copyright © 2014 Julianna M. Czum et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The pericardium plays an important role in optimizing cardiac motion and chamber pressures and serves as a barrier to pathology. In addition to pericardial anatomy and function, this review article covers a variety of pericardial conditions, with mention of potential pitfalls encountered during interpretation of diagnostic imaging. Normal and abnormal appearance of pericardium on CT and MR imaging is emphasized, including dynamic imaging correlates of pericardial pathophysiology.