Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging

Michael D. Eggen, Cory M. Swingen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or simply cardiac MR, is considered the gold standard for noninvasively characterizing cardiac function and viability, having 3D capabilities and a high spatial and temporal resolution. This imaging modality has proven to be an invaluable tool in diagnosing complex cardiomyopathies. Several clinical uses of cardiac MR include: (1) measuring myocardial blood flow; (2) the ability to differentiate between viable and nonviable myocardial tissue; (3) depicting the structure of peripheral and coronary vessels (magnetic resonance angiography); (4) measuring blood flow velocities (MR velocity mapping); (5) examining metabolic energetics (MR spectroscopy); (6) assessing myocardial contractile properties (multislice, multiphase cine imaging, MR tagging); and/or (7) guiding interventional procedures with real-time imaging (interventional MRI). Considering the expansive capabilities of cardiac MR, a condensed review of the concepts and applications of cardiac MR are provided in this chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781588294432
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


  • Blood flow velocity
  • CMRI
  • Fiber structure
  • Interventional MRI
  • MRI
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Morphology
  • Myocardial function
  • Myocardial perfusion
  • Myocardial strain
  • Myocardial viability
  • Wall motion
  • Wall thickening


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