Utility of Cardiac MRI in Atrial Fibrillation Management

Mohammadali Habibi, Jonathan Chrispin, David D. Spragg, Stefan L. Zimmerman, Harikrishna Tandri, Saman Nazarian, Henry Halperin, Natalia Trayanova, Hugh Calkins

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Advances in cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) techniques and image acquisition have made it an excellent tool in the assessment of atrial myopathy. Remolding of the left atrium is the mainstay of atrial fibrillation (AF) development and its progression. CMR can detect phasic atrial volumes, atrial function, and atrial fibrosis using cine, and contrast-enhanced or non–contrast-enhanced images. These abilities make CMR a versatile and extraordinary tool in management of patients with AF including for risk stratification, ablation prognostication and planning, and assessment of stroke risk. We review the latest advancements in utility of CMR in management of patients with AF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-139
Number of pages9
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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