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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 404-412
Cardiac magnetic resonance techniques: Our experience on wide bore 3 tesla magnetic resonance system

1 Department of Radio-diagnosis, Narayana Health City, Bengaluru, Karnataka; Department of Radio-diagnosis, Jupiter Hospital, Thane, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Radio-diagnosis, Jupiter Hospital, Thane, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Radio-diagnosis, Narayana Health City, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Onkar B Auti
Narayana Health City, Bommasandra, Bangalore - 560 099, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_503_16

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Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has become a widely adapted imaging modality in the diagnosis and management of patients with cardiovascular diseases. It provides unparalleled data of cardiac function and myocardial morphology. Majority of CMR imaging is currently being performed on 1.5 Tesla (T) MR systems. Over the last many years, the cardiac imaging protocols have been standardized and optimized in the 1.5T systems. 3T MR systems are now being used more and more in small and large institutions in our country due to their proven advantages in the field of neuro, body, and musculoskeletal imaging. Cardiac imaging on 3T system can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it may provide nondiagnostic images due to significant artifacts, and on the other hand, it may complete the examination in quick time and provide excellent quality images. It is therefore important for the user to be aware of the potential pitfalls of CMR in 3T systems and also the necessary steps to avoid them. In this study, we discuss various challenges and advantages of performing CMR in a 3T system. We also present potential technical solutions to improve the image quality.

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