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The goal of the Fontan Imaging Biomarkers (FIB) study is to identify the associations of blood and urine biomarkers to imaging parameters of ventricular mechanics.


Single-ventricle, Congenital Heart Disease

Recruitment Status


Detailed Description

This study has the following research questions: What is the reproducibility of ventricular systolic function measurements (including ventricular strain) in Fontan patients using echocardiography (Echo) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR)? What is the reproducibility of ventricular diastolic function measurements (including tissue Doppler and strain rate) in Fontan patients using Echo and CMR? Is there a correlation between ventricular function measurements and circulating biomarkers (including galectin-3 levels, NT-proBNP, ST2, and MELD-XI score)?

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

All patients with Fontan circulation undergoing clinically indicated CMR at Boston Children's Hospital will be considered for the study

Exclusion Criteria:

Inadequate imaging quality to perform proposed analysis
Patients <15 kg will be excluded to simplify compliance with BCH minimal risk research blood draw volume guidelines (minimal risk is defined as < 5% total blood volume)



Min Age

3 Years

Max Age


Download Date

November 5, 2021

Principal Investigator

Rahul Rathod

Primary Contact Information

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Fontan Imaging Biomarkers (FIB) Study NCT03119090