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Handbook of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging

2006 Edition, October 27, 2006

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ISBN: 978-0-8247-5841-7
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  • Revision: 2006 Edition, October 27, 2006
  • Published Date: October 27, 2006
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 480
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Cardiovascular magnetic resonance, also known as CMR, is an amazing technology that continues to provide new innovative approaches for evaluating the heart and blood vessels. However, it uses a complex technology that includes magnetic and radiofrequency fields, making it considerably different from other imaging approaches. Accordingly, it is among the most complex of all cardiovascular diagnostic approaches. It can assess cardiac morphology, function, perfusion, viability, coronary and peripheral arteries, and metabolism. CMR is uniquely capable of assessing virtually every important diagnostic facet currently available with any diagnostic modality. Furthermore, CMR is a safe, noninvasive technology, which benefits from not using potentially harmful ionizing radiation or nephrotoxic dyes.

The present book provides a practical approach to the use of CMR. It presents a straightforward means to provide physicians and technologists with an understanding of CMR applications and imaging methods. The book discusses the basic physics of magnetic resonance imaging, the instruments involved, how to do a basic CMR exam, and safety considerations. Individual CMR applications such as perfusion, myocardial injury, metabolism, coronary angiography, and peripheral angiography are described in their own chapters. Each chapter describes the indications and presents the methods in a practical fashion that will be understandable to those medical personnel who would like to use or support CMR on a clinical or research basis, including physicians (such as adult and pediatric cardiologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, internists, and pediatricians), technologists in magnetic resonance and other imaging disciplines (ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and radiology), nurses, and physician assistants. Throughout the book, the reader will find descriptions of key research and historical information that has incrementally made CMR the valuable asset to clinical cardiology that it is today. Recent applications are described, including the imaging of microvascular disease and the use of 3T instruments. Finally, the book contains a chapter on the future applications of CMR, which at this point seem limitless.

The book has been edited by a cardiologist and an electrical engineer who have substantial experience with CMR, both developing new methods and performing clinical studies. Organization and substantial contributions to the book were also made by a medical student, Steven Stevens, number one in his graduating class at the University of Southern California, (now a postgraduate physician in internal medicine at the University of California at San Francisco), who ensured that the technical and applications descriptions were readily understandable. Further, important organizational contributions were made by Dr. Radha Sarma. The chapters were written by cardiovascular specialists including engineers, physicists, and physicians, all with substantial experience in the field of CMR.

The editors thank Vanessa Sanchez and Sandra Beberman from Informa Healthcare, without whom this volume would not have become a reality. We also thank our families for their patience and support. We finally thank the persistent efforts of many of the chapter authors for their patience and updating of their contributions, to make this book representative of the current state of the art. We truly hope that you enjoy this book. We look forward to hearing your comments on this volume and/or your suggestions for the next volume.