Clinical applications for cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging at 3 Tesla

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Abstract

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging has evolved rapidly and is now accepted as a powerful diagnostic tool with significant clinical and research applications. Clinical 3 Tesla (3 T) scanners are increasingly available and offer improved diagnostic capabilities compared to 1.5 T scanners for perfusion, viability, and coronary imaging. Although technical challenges remain for cardiac imaging at higher field strengths such as balanced steady state free precession (bSSFP) cine imaging, the majority of cardiac applications are feasible at 3 T with comparable or superior image quality to that of 1.5 T. This review will focus on the benefits and limitations of 3 T CMR for common clinical applications and examine areas in development for potential clinical use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-242
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reviews
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2009

Keywords

  • 3 Tesla
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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