Cardiac Anatomy

  • J. Bogaert
  • A. M. Taylor
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an excellent technique to evaluate cardiac anatomy in normal and pathologic conditions. Using a combination of dark-blood and bright-blood MRI in one or more imaging planes, the different parts of the heart can be studied in detail. This chapter describes the presentation of the different cardiac structures on MRI, as well as the relation of the heart with other structures within the chest. The chapter is extensively illustrated showing the heart and surrounding structures in different image planes, thus allowing to become familiar with the complex cardiac anatomy. Several helpful key points are provided as a guide toward a correct interpretation of cardiac anatomy.


Right Ventriular Pulmonary Vein Left Anterior Descend Tricuspid Valve Right Coronary Artery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging Research Center (MIRC)University Hospitals Gasthuisberg, Catholic University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Cardiothoracic Unit, Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for ChildrenLondonUK

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