Cardiac Masses

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Our look at cardiac tumors and cardiac masses in general has fundamentally changed with the advent of noninvasive cardiac imaging. At present, MRI is probably the technique offering the clinician the most comprehensive approach, even omitting biopsy in a considerable number of patients. Everyone routinely dealing with cardiac imaging will sporadically encounter cardiac masses. Good knowledge of the diversity of pathologies that may present as masses, as well as how cardiac imaging technique should be applied is the best guarantee to correctly diagnose this group of cardiac pathologies. The focus of this chapter is on how MRI can be used to depict cardiac masses, and to differentiate between tumoral and nontumoral conditions. In this chapter, the MRI features of the most common cardiac tumors/masses are summarized and extensively illustrated, providing the reader an useful aid when encountering cardiac tumors/masses in daily clinical practice.


Hydatid Cyst Cardiac Tumor Cardiac Mass Bronchogenic Cyst Interatrial Septum 
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