Valvular Heart Disease Assessment by CMR

  • Patrycja Z. Galazka
  • Raymond Y. KwongEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Cardiology book series (CONCARD)


Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has exceptional capability of performing comprehensive evaluation of simple and complex valvular heart disease. CMR has emerged as an alternative imaging modality without ionizing radiation that is applicable in patients with valvular heart disease. An important value of CMR is its ability to provide many imaging planes, which can be tailored to individual anatomy. CMR can provide quantitative measure of valvular stenosis and regurgitation, which is comparable to echocardiography. An additional advantage of CMR for assessment of valvular heart disease is its true and reproducible measurements of ventricular volumes and function, which can guide a clinician regarding appropriate timing of surgery. Furthermore, CMR is able to evaluate great vessel anatomy and the presence of the myocardial scar, which can be of prognostic significance. Therefore, CMR is an attractive alternative or complimentary modality for thorough assessment of valvular pathology and can significantly guide the clinician and advance patient’s care.


CMR Valvular disease Valvular stenosis Valvular regurgitation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging, Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine and Department of RadiologyBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Non-invasive Cardiovascular Imaging, Cardiovascular Division, Department of MedicineBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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