Acute Myocardial Infarction and Postinfarction Remodeling

  • Christopher M. KramerEmail author
  • Michael Salerno
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)


Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is ideally suited to evaluate the consequences of myocardial ischemia and infarction (MI) because of its excellent spatial resolution and ability to characterize tissue. Cine CMR readily measures LV size and function post-MI and can delineate adverse post-MI remodeling. Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) imaging is used to measure infarct size. Dark areas at the core of larger areas of LGE delineate microvascular obstruction, the presence of which denotes adverse prognosis for that infarct and that patient. T2-W imaging as well as T1 mapping can detect the area at risk. Subtracting infarct size from area at risk can estimate myocardial salvage after reperfusion. T2* imaging can identify intramyocardial hemorrhage, which is also associated with adverse prognosis. Emerging techniques are being applied to estimate the size of the infarct border zone, which also may impact prognosis. CMR is an ideal technique to assess post-MI complications including thrombi, aneurysms, pseudoaneurysms, pericarditis, papillary muscle infarction, and RV infarction. In summary, CMR is a comprehensive and versatile technique for assessing the post-MI patient.


Myocardial infarction Left ventricular remodeling Microvascular obstruction Late gadolinium enhancement Intramyocardial hemorrhage Myocardial salvage index Infarct size T2-W imaging T1 mapping T2*-W imaging 


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  1. 1.Departments of Radiology and MedicineUniversity of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Medicine, Radiology, and Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Virginia Health SystemCharlottesvilleUSA

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