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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Cannavale, Alessandro MD*; Ordovás, Karen G. MD; Higgins, Charles B. MD

doi: 10.1097/RTI.0b013e3181e85e8b
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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetically inherited disease with a wide spectrum of phenotypic presentations. It is crucial to establish an early diagnosis and identify patients at high risk for sudden death. Cardiac magnetic resonance can provide subclinical diagnosis, quantification of severity of known disease, risk stratification, and assessment of response to therapy for HCM. This pictorial review summarizes the main magnetic resonance appearances of HCM and its differential diagnosis.

*Department of Radiology, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

Department of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Reprints: Karen G. Ordovás, MD, Department of Radiology, University of California, 505 Parnassus Avenue, L325A, Box 0628, San Francisco, CA 94143-0628 (e-mail:

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.