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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-119
Cardiac magnetic resonance in the assessment of cardiomyopathies

Department of Cardiac Radiology, Cardiothoracic Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110 029, India

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Gurpreet S Gulati
Department of Cardiac Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.33620

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Cardiomyopathies (CMPs) are diseases of the myocardium, characterized by distinct morphological, electrophysiological and functional alterations of the heart. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) offers distinct advantages over other imaging tests in the diagnosis and management of CMPs. This is primarily due to its ability to characterize the tissue abnormalities and demonstrate the functional alterations, all as part of a single examination. This review discusses the role of CMR, including the protocol, techniques and imaging features in the various CMPs. It also highlights the important role that CMR plays in the clinical decision making and follow-up of these patients.

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