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Takayasu arteritis: role of cardiovascular magnetic imaging

R P Steeds, R Mohiaddin
International Journal of Cardiology 2006 April 28, 109 (1): 1-6
Takayasu arteritis (TA) is a primary arteritis of unknown cause that commonly affects the aorta and its main branches. Traditionally, X-ray contrast angiography has been the gold standard for diagnosis and review of this chronic disease but recent developments suggest that non-invasive imaging with multiplanar cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) have a number of advantages for use in routine care. This review utilises a series of cases referred for imaging at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London to illustrate these points of development.

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