Coronary Magnetic Resonance Angiography: Technical Innovations Leading Us to the Promised Land?

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Abstract

Coronary artery disease remains the leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Invasive X-ray angiography and coronary computed tomography angiography are established gold standards for coronary luminography. However, they expose patients to invasive complications, ionizing radiation, and iodinated contrast agents. Among a number of imaging modalities, coronary cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) angiography may be used in some cases as an alternative for the detection and monitoring of coronary arterial stenosis, with advantages including its versatility, excellent soft tissue characterization, and avoidance of ionizing radiation and iodinated contrast agents. In this review, we explore the recent advances in motion correction, image acceleration, and reconstruction technologies that are bringing coronary CMR angiography closer to widespread clinical implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2653-2672
Number of pages20
JournalJACC. Cardiovascular imaging
Volume13
Issue number12
Early online date13 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • CAD
  • CMR
  • atherosclerosis
  • cardiac magnetic resonance
  • coronary angiography

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