Cardiovascular examination with 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging: first 100 cases at Ramathibodi Hospital

Rerkpattanapipat, P.; Siripornpitak, S.; Pornkul, R.; Jongjirasiri, S.; Laothamatas, J.

Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand 89(9): 1388-1395

2006


ISSN/ISBN: 0125-2208
PMID: 17100374
Document Number: 2616
Background. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) has been utilized for diagnosis in various cardiovascular diseases and most of those were performed on a 1.5 Tesla CMR system. Recently, a 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system has been introduced into clinical practice, however the clinical experience on cardiovascular examination using this system is limited Therefore, the authors' institution has integrated a team for developing a CMR program on this 3.0 Tesla system.Objective: To describe the authors' experience on the 3.0 Tesla CMR system. Material and Method. The data on patients referred to the authors' CMR unit between August 2004 and October 2005 were reviewedResults: One hundred patients were referred for CMR examination. The mean age was 56 years (2 month - 85 years) and 65 patients were male. The most common indication was to assess coronary artery disease (64 patients). The performed examination was divided into cardiac structure and function assessment (39%), stress testing (23%), coronary magnetic resonance angiography (13%), myocardial viability assessment (12%), magnetic resonance angiography (9%), andflow assessment (4%).Conclusion: The present study highlights that comprehensive assessment of various cardiovascular diseases can be performed on the 3.0 Tesla CMR system.

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Cardiovascular examination with 3.0 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging: first 100 cases at Ramathibodi Hospital