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Imaging of Cardiac and Paracardiac Masses

Schvartzman, Paulo R. M.D.; White, Richard D. M.D.

Cardiac Imaging, Part I: Original Articles

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) are important imaging modalities for the noninvasive characterization of cardiac and para-cardiac masses. They are, in general, superior to other modalities (e.g., echocardiography) in their ability to delineate the exact location and the extent of the lesion and to demonstrate the effects of the lesion on surrounding structures. MRI and CT may also be helpful in suggesting a specific diagnosis, because some tumors have rather characteristic locations and appearances. In addition, both modalities can be extremely helpful in both treatment planning and posttreatment follow-up because they are noninvasive, reproducible, and enable detection of residual or recurrent mass.

From the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, Department of Radiology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Richard D. White, Head, Section of Cardiovascular Imaging, Division of Radiology, Hb6, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195.

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