Role of magnetic resonance techniques in viability assessment

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 226)


With the application of magnetic resonance (MR) techniques in clinical cardiology, important tools have been added to the currently available diagnostic arsenal for the evaluation of patients with coronary artery disease. In patients with coronary artery disease it is of paramount importance to distinguish between viable myocardium and areas of myocardial fibrosis. Viable myocardial areas are most likely to benefit from revascularization, whereas revascularization of fibrotic myocardium will not lead to improvement of left ventricular function. For the prospective identification of jeopardized but viable myocardium for purposes of guiding therapeutic interventions in individual patients the following three standards for myocardial viability can be used;
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    preserved myocardial perfusion and perfusion reserve

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    preserved systolic wall motion and thickening

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    preserved myocardial metabolism



Single Photon Emission Compute Tomography Myocardial Perfusion Myocardial Viability Contractile Reserve Myocardial Perfusion Reserve 
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