Review Article

Role of cardiovascular magnetic resonance in the evaluation of cardiomyopathy

Sulaiman Moosa, Ntobeko A.B. Ntusi
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 20, No 2 | a1055 | DOI: | © 2016 Sulaiman Moosa, Ntobeko A.B. Ntusi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 June 2016 | Published: 11 November 2016

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Sulaiman Moosa, Department of Radiology, 2 Military Hospital, Wynberg, Cape Town,, South Africa
Ntobeko A.B. Ntusi, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Radiology, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa; Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging plays a central role in the assessment and monitoring of patients with cardiomyopathy. It offers a comprehensive assessment during a single scan setting, with information on ventricular volumes, function and mass as well as tissue characterisation, fibrosis, flow, viability and perfusion. Acute tissue injury (oedema and necrosis) can be distinguished from fibrosis, infiltration and iron overload. It provides information on the cause and prognosis of the cardiomyopathy, and its high measurement accuracy makes it ideal for monitoring disease progression and effects of therapy. The present review highlights the main features of commonly encountered cardiomyopathies in imaging practice.


Cardiomyopathy, Africa, cardiac failure, fibrosis, late gadolinium enhancement


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