Cardiac Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging: The Clinical Use From a Cardiologist's Perspective

Townsend, Jacob Cross MD; Gregg, David IV MD

doi: 10.1097/RTI.0b013e3181eaadac

The introduction and continued evolution of cardiac computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging have added considerable noninvasive diagnostic insight into a wide range of frequently encountered clinical cardiology scenarios. With an increasing range of imaging modalities, and multiple methods of image acquisition in each, a detailed understanding of the clinical question at hand is often necessary to select the proper study and make optimal use of imaging data. We review common cardiac issues from a clinician's perspective, along with the unique role to be played by computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in each condition. This review will hopefully facilitate a strong dialogue between imagers and managing clinicians, creating a shared knowledge of both the capabilities of imaging and the management challenges that treating clinicians face.

Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

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Reprints: David Gregg, IV, MD, Division of Cardiology, Medical University of South Carolina, ART, MSC 592, Charleston, SC 29425 (e-mail:

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