Pure matter of the heart

MRI of the Heart


Today there is hardly a disease of the heart which would not be suitable for diagnosis. In addition to imaging techniques such as echocardiography and cardiac catheterization the MRI of the heart (Cardio-MRI) has already established itself as a new method. What significance and which applications does this method have?

Does the new method "Cardio-MRI" replace other established methods? Magnetic resonance imaging of the heart is essentially a useful and often very helpful complement to established methods. It is now an important method for the functional and structural analysis of the heart and the blood circulation. It delivers outstanding advantages in the representation of the heart muscle.

If in case of a coronary heart disease a stenosis of the coronary vessels has to be checked for a patient, numerous questions arise:

  • Is there an evidence of significant narrowings of the coronary arteries, and in which supply areas of the heart are these?
  • Is there sufficient blood supply for the heart muscle, especially under load?
  • Are there already scars in the heart muscle, caused by an unnoticed heart attack?
The MRI of the heart can be used to assess the shape and texture of the heart tissue and cardiac function. Also a significant contrast enhancement can be achieved for the presentation of the heart muscle. This is important for detection of fresh or past heart attacks and their effects. Often enough only the MRI can demonstrate fresh or old heart attack scars as well as local inflammatory foci in the heart muscle MRI. This eases the design of an efficient treatment by the attending cardiologist, especially in case of specific arrhythmia or functional limitations of the heart.

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