Oblique magnetic resonance imaging of the cardiovascular system.

K. S. Rholl, R. G. Levitt, H. S. Glazer, F. R. Gutierrez, W. A. Murphy, J. K. Lee, E. M. Geltman, R. R. Peterson

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This exhibit demonstrates that cardiac anatomy can be imaged by MRI in oblique planes that are equivalent to views obtained radiographically or at angiocardiography. These MR images may be obtained either by simple patient positioning or by electronic rotation of the imaging axis. The advantages of this technique include its simplicity and its ability to show detailed anatomy noninvasively. Major cardiac structures including chambers, walls, vessels and bronchi are optimally demonstrated in long axis or cross section. This permits estimation of chamber volume, wall thickness, vessel position and variations from normal. Smaller structures are also well visualized. These include the pericardium, papillary muscles, azygos vein and some cross sectional anatomy of the coronary arteries and veins. The valvular structures can be shown during diastole or systole. The ability of MRI to show these cardiac structures due to the intrinsic contrast differences in signal intensity between muscle, fat, flowing blood and lung suggest an important future for MR cardiac imaging in a broad group of congenital and acquired diseases of the heart, pericardium and great vessels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-188
Number of pages12
JournalRadiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1986


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