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Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine:
doi: 10.2459/JCM.0b013e32834e4ad4
Clinical reviews: Diagnostic tools in cardiology

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance in the evaluation of heart failure: a luxury or a need?

D’Andrea, Antonelloa; Fontana, Mariannab; Cocchia, Rosangelaa; Scarafile, Raffaellaa; Calabrò, Raffaelea; Moon, James C.b,c

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Abstract

Heart failure is a common syndrome with multiple causes. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), using the available range of technique, is establishing itself as the gold standard noninvasive test for determining the underlying causes, and adding prognostic value, guiding therapy. Progress is continuing and rapid with promising new techniques such as diffuse fibrosis assessment. This article discusses the diverse roles of CMR in heart failure.

© 2012 Italian Federation of Cardiology

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