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Imaging has a central role in the evaluation of patients with heart failure (HF). Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is rapidly evolving as a versatile imaging modality that often provides additional information to echocardiography in patients with suspected or known HF. CMR is the only imaging modality that has the ability to assess, without exposure to ionizing radiation, cardiac function, structure (tissue characterization), perfusion, and viability. Moreover, magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques can assess the pathophysiologic role of deranged cardiac energetics in HF. In this review we discuss the role of CMR in the evaluation of patients with HF giving particular emphasis to recent developments and the additional information that can be obtained with this imaging modality, over and above standard echocardiography.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s11886-011-0177-2

Type

Journal article

Journal

Curr Cardiol Rep

Publication Date

06/2011

Volume

13

Pages

210 - 219

Keywords

Cardiomyopathies, Heart Failure, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Myocardial Ischemia, Ventricular Function