, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 369-380
Date: 18 Dec 2010

The role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in the assessment of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy

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Abstract

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) plays an increasing role in the assessment of patients with various cardiovascular disorders. Given its enhanced spatial resolution, improved tissue characterization, and lack of ionizing radiation, it has become the test of choice in the evaluation of patients with new-onset cardiomyopathy of unknown etiology. In this paper, we will review the role of CMR in the evaluation of patients with various types of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.