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The role of cardiovascular magnetic resonance in the diagnosis and management of cardiomyopathies

Masci, Pier Giorgio; Dymarkowski, Steven; Bogaert, Jan

Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine: May 2008 - Volume 9 - Issue 5 - p 435–449
doi: 10.2459/JCM.0b013e32827ab49f
Current perspectives

With the improvement of noninvasive imaging, the cardiology community has to learn how to exploit properly the novel diagnostic tools in order to pursue an accurate diagnosis and better patient management. In the past decade, cardiovascular magnetic resonance has been recognized as a valuable means of studying and characterizing cardiac disorders. Notably, with the improvement of functional and contrast-enhanced imaging, cardiovascular magnetic resonance has achieved excellence in the depiction of cardiac abnormalities, providing clinicians and researchers with a unique, comprehensive approach. This review focuses on the added value of cardiovascular magnetic resonance over other conventional techniques in the diagnosis and management of the most common cardiomyopathies.

Department of Medical Imaging, Gasthuisberg University Hospital, Leuven, Belgium

Received 28 February, 2007

Revised 14 May, 2007

Accepted 18 May, 2007

Correspondence to Pier Giorgio Masci, MD, Department of Medical Imaging, Gasthuisberg University Hospital, 49 Herestraat, 3000 Leuven, Belgium Tel: +32 16 343771; fax: +32 16 343769; e-mail:

Pier Giorgio Masci was supported by a grant from the European Society of Cardiology

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