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Contemporary Cardiac Imaging: An Overview

Goldin, Jonathan G. M.D., Ph.D.; Ratib, Osman M.D., Ph.D.; Aberle, Denise R. M.D.

Cardiac Imaging, Part I: Original Articles

Comprehensive cardiac assessment embraces virtually every imaging modality and includes information about coronary vascular anatomy as well as cardiac morphology, function, perfusion, metabolism, and tissue characterization. Through sophisticated computer processing and image analysis, newer imaging technologies such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), MR spectroscopy, and positron emission tomography now provide quantitative information that may obviate more invasive angiographic assessment. Currently, no single imaging technology realizes all questions relating to cardiac form and function, and many of the technologies overlap in the content and quality of information they provide. This overview seeks to provide a broad perspective on current cardiac imaging, articulating the benefits of various technologies and their limitations.

From the Department of Radiological Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Denise R. Aberle, Professor and Chief, Thoracic Imaging Division, UCLA School of Medicine, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095–1721; e-mail:

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