Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR)
We perform all our cardiac CMR studies on cardiac dedicated systems that are regularly calibrated to provide optimal performance.
CMR is the most accurate method for the evaluation of ventricular mass, volumes and function. CMR may be performed in combination with pharmacological stress, making it a suitable alternative for patients who are technically difficult candidates for stress echocardiography or SPECT.
CMR allows characterization of cardiac tumors and infiltrative disorders such as hemochromatosis, sarcoidosis or right ventricular dysplasia.
In patients with regional or global LV dysfunction, delayed-enhanced imaging with gadolinium DTPA detects the presence and extent of myocardial fibrosis. The absence of gadolinium enhancement is an excellent predictor of functional recovery in patients being considered for revascularization.
CMR provides a comprehensive evaluation of chamber size, ventricular function, valvular function and degree of intracardiac shunt in patients with congenital heart disease.
CMR angiography (MRA) evaluates the 3-dimensional anatomy of the venous, pulmonary and systemic vasculature. MRA is an excellent method for the serial follow-up of patients with dilated or stenotic vascular segments, since it does not require ionizing radiation.