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Specialized care for complex biventricular repair

At the weekly conference for Boston Children's Hospital Heart Center’s Complex Biventricular Repair Program, our highly specialized interdisciplinary team of pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac ICU team and nurse practitioners assess children who would not be candidates for biventricular repair in most other hospitals. We take a very specialized approach in order to find the best method to evaluate, diagnose and treat your child / your patient. This may include advanced imaging or simulation modeling.

We actively attempt to seek out appropriate strategies to maintain or convert your child to biventricular circulation. This approach requires close interaction between specialists in cardiology, surgery, anesthesia, intensive care and nursing to provide comprehensive care to these special children.

Care for your child extends beyond the hospitalization. After returning home, we stay in close contact with local providers and families to continue to monitor the current status of the patient and to help determine next steps in the pathway of care. We also ensure that communication with parents remains consistent and clear and that families have time to answer any questions or concerns they have.

Advanced medical imaging

When patients come to Boston Children’s Heart Center with these severe conditions, it is critically important for us to create an accurate roadmap to determine what treatment is needed. To guide us, cardiologists and surgeons from Boston Children’s have been working with our colleagues in industry to develop the methods and techniques that provide the most “real-life” in-depth view of the heart and its valves. While the results of these efforts continue to evolve, our patients are already benefiting from these advanced imaging techniques.


Gerald Marx, MD, Director of ultrasound imaging research at Boston Children's Hospital

Cardiac MRI

Patient being considered candidates for a biventricular repair frequently undergo cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This procedure is non-invasive, safe and does not use any x-ray radiation. It is particularly useful in measuring the size of the ventricles, the amount of blood flow, the position of the heart valves and the suitability of the heart muscle.

3-D printing of the heart

Pediatric cardiologists and surgeons at Boston Children’s are developing a program to use 3D printing technology to create models of each patient’s heart based on his / her own imaging tests. This could be used to aid surgical planning and explaining procedures to family members.

“With 3D printing, we’re taking a step that allows experienced doctors to simulate the specific anatomy of their patients and allows the best of the best become even better.” 

~ Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, of the Simulator Program

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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