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Coronary MR angiography clinical applications and potential for imaging coronary artery disease.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Magnetic resonance imaging clinics of North America
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
1
Pages
81–99
Identifiers
PMID: 12797512
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Over the past decade, CMRA has emerged as a unique clinical imaging tool with applications in selected populations. Patients with suspected coronary artery anomalies and patients with Kawasaki disease and coronary aneurysms are among those for whom CMRA has demonstrated clinical usefulness. For assessment of patients with atherosclerotic CAD, CMRA is useful for detection of patency of bypass grafts. At centers with appropriate expertise and resources, CMRA also appears to be of value for exclusion of severe proximal multivessel CAD in selected patients. Data from multicenter trials will continue to define the clinical role of CMRA, particularly as it relates to assessment of CAD. Future developments and enhancements of CMRA promise better lumen and coronary artery wall imaging. This may become the new target in noninvasive evaluation of CAD.

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