Applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Cardiac Disease

  • M. Y. Desai
  • D. A. Bluemke


Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is widely recognized as providung an accurate and reliable means of assessing the function and anatomy of the heart and great vessels. Previously, the means to obtain images of the cardiovascular system were compromised by extremely long examination times and software that was available only at specialized centers. With the recent development of specialized cardiovascular MR scanners, cardiac MR applications have become more widely used on a routine basis. In this article, the technical aspects of MR scanning of the cardiovascular system are outlined, followed by a discussion of its applications to the heart and aorta.


Dilate Cardiomyopathy Myocardial Viability Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Constrictive Pericarditis Cardiac Amyloidosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Y. Desai
    • 1
  • D. A. Bluemke
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Cardiology, Department of MedicineCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological SciencesJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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