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Title: Delayed-enhancement cardiac MRI in the evaluation of cardiomyopathies
Authors: Thananya Boonyasiranant
Scott D. Flamm
Mahidol University
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Keywords: Health Professions;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2010
Citation: Imaging in Medicine. Vol.2, No.3 (2010), 289-302
Abstract: Cardiomyopathies are a diverse group of disorders with etiologies ranging from ischemic to infiltrative. Clinical differentiation may be complex, but diagnosis is essential as complications include congestive heart failure and sudden death. Recent developments in cardiac MRI, particularly the implementation of delayed-enhancement imaging has introduced a novel approach to noninvasive tissue characterization that can more accurately differentiate the spectrum of cardiomyopathies. This article summarizes the comprehensive diagnostic abilities of cardiac MRI in defining cardiac anatomy and physiology and, more importantly, identifying pathologic tissues and differentiating those with substrates amenable to therapy. The value of delayed-enhancement imaging in prognostics will also be presented. © 2010 Future Medicine Ltd.
ISSN: 17555205
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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