Cardiovascular MRI: Its current and future use in clinical practice

Wolfgang G. Rehwald, Anja Wagner, Burkhard Sievers, Raymond J. Kim, Robert M. Judd

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Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is a comprehensive clinical tool for assessing a large variety of cardiovascular diseases. Using the clinical service of the Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center as an example, we describe how to perform image contractile function, myocardial perfusion at stress and rest, myocardial viability, cardiovascular morphology, vascular anatomy and blood flow tests. The emergence of successful dedicated CMR services presents an opportunity to optimize patient throughput by streamlining the user interface of CMR scanners, standardizing the viewing format and reporting software, and customizing training programs to focus on the standardized CMR approaches. Accordingly, we discuss potential pathways to create these standards. Finally, we discuss several Promising new CMR techniques we expect will complement existing clinical procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-321
Number of pages15
JournalExpert review of cardiovascular therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • CMR
  • Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging
  • Contrast agent
  • Future perspectives
  • Heart
  • Myocardial viability
  • Stress perfusion
  • User interface
  • Viewing format

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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