Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is well-established and increasingly used in clinical practice for the diagnosis of myocardial diseases. CMR is able to quantitatively evaluate left ventricular (LV) function, structural abnormalities of the myocardial tissue including edema, infarct size, and myocardial salvage in a single examination. CMR with contrast-enhanced protocols for tissue characterisation have dramatically changed the non-invasive work-up of patients with suspected or known cardiomyopathy. Although CMR initially focused on the in vivo identification of myocardial infarction, recent work highlighted the advantage of CMR to provide more detailed in vivo tissue characterisation to help establish a differential diagnosis of the underlying aetiology.
Keywords: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance, Diagnosis
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