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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133-136
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance for pericardial disease

Department of Cardiology, The Heart Hospital, Part of University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, 16-18 Westmoreland Street, London. W1G 8PH, United Kingdom

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James C Moon
Department of Cardiology, The Heart Hospital, 16-18 Westmoreland Street, London W1G 8PH.
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.33622

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Diseases of the pericardium are an uncommon but important group of diseases in cardiology with several different pathologies. The current mainstay of cardiac imaging, echocardiography has some limitations in visualizing pericardial and mediastinal disease. Recent improvement in cardiac MRI allows new insight into imaging the pericardium and the pericardial space. This article describes different pathologies, including pericardial constriction, masses and congenital absence of the pericardium. CMR protocols and techniques are discussed including the use of different sequences, along with the use of contrast media and real time imaging for ventricular:ventricular interaction. The role of CMR is placed in context with other imaging modalities.

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