Contrast agents in cardiac MRI

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 215)


In MRI studies, a contrast agent is defined as a substance that, once injected to the patient, modifies selectively the signal intensity of a particular anatomical structure by changing relaxation properties of tissues. Different magnetic substances have been tested, including manganese, gadolinium, dysprosium, and iron oxide, their effects depending on their pharmacokinetic properties and predominant action on proton relaxation.


Contrast Agent Myocardial Perfusion Magn Reson Image Echo Planar Imaging Normal Myocardium 
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