Current Status of Cardiovascular MR Imaging

  • Shahid Mahmood
  • Robert Kwok


The technique of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been used for a long time for the evaluation of pericardial disease, cardiac masses and complex congenital heart diseases [1–4]. MRI has the ability to quantify pulmonary and systemic flow, valvular regurgitation, and pulmonary-to-systemic ratios across shunts. During recent years there have been impressive advances in technology, particularly in resolution and imaging speed, enabling MRI to enter into the mainstream of diagnostic imaging for coronary artery disease. However, despite its overwhelming advantages in imaging, it still has certain limitations (Table 16.1).


Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Kawasaki Disease Myocardial Viability Fast Spin Echo Myocardial Perfusion SPECT Imaging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shahid Mahmood
    • 1
  • Robert Kwok
    • 2
  1. 1.Singapore PET and Cardiac Imaging CentreSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyMount Elizabeth HospitalSingaporeSingapore

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