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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 120-132
Assessment of valvular heart disease with cardiovascular magnetic resonance

Cardiovascular Division, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Eli V Gelfand
BIDMC - Cardiology, E/RW-453, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.33621

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Valvular heart disease is an important clinical diagnosis throughout the world and prompt recognition of moderate and severe valvular abnormalities is an important public health goal. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is a well-established noninvasive technique that allows for a comprehensive assessment of valvular heart disease. In this article, the basics of CMR application in valvular heart disease are reviewed. Essential CMR techniques, including black-blood imaging, cine steady-state free precession and flow velocity mapping are discussed, as applied to specific valvular lesions. In addition, concrete protocols for imaging in various clinical situations are suggested.

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