Cardiac MR imaging: state of the technology

J Paul Finn, Kambiz Nael, Vibhas Deshpande, Osman Ratib, Gerhard Laub
Radiology 2006, 241 (2): 338-54
Recent developments in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the heart have refocused attention on the potential of MR and continue to attract intense interest within the radiology and cardiology communities. Improvements in speed, image quality, reliability, and range of applications have evolved to the point where cardiac MR imaging is increasingly seen as a practical clinical tool. As is often the case with MR imaging, not all of the most powerful techniques are necessarily easy to master or understand, and many-nonspecialists and specialists alike-are challenged to stay abreast. This review covers some of the major milestones that have led to the current state of cardiac MR and attempts to put into context some concepts that, although technical, have a real impact on the diagnostic power of cardiac MR imaging. Topics discussed include functional imaging, myocardial viability and perfusion imaging, flow quantification, and coronary artery imaging. A review such as this can only scratch the surface of what is a dynamic interdisciplinary field, but the hope is that sufficient information and insight are provided to stimulate the motivated reader to take his or her interest to the next level.

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