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Cardiac magnetic resonance in myocardial disease
  1. U Sechtem,
  2. H Mahrholdt,
  3. H Vogelsberg
  1. Division of Cardiology and Pulmology, Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Auerbachstrasse, Stuttgart, Germany
  1. ProfessorDr U Sechtem, Division of Cardiology and Pulmology, Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Auerbachstrasse 110, D-70376 Stuttgart, Germany; udo.sechtem{at}


For a number of patients it is difficult to diagnose the cause of cardiac disease. In such patients cardiac magnetic resonance is useful for helping to make a differential diagnosis between ischaemic and dilated cardiomyopathy; identifying patients with myocarditis; diagnosing cardiac involvement in sarcoidosis and Chagas’ disease; identifying patients with unusual forms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and those with continuing myocardial damage; and defining the sequelae of ablation treatment for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.

  • cardiac magnetic resonance
  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • infiltrative cardiomyopathies
  • myocarditis
  • late gadolinium enhancement

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Abbreviations:
    cardiac magnetic resonance
    dilated cardiomyopathy
    endomyocardial biopsy
    hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
    late gadolinium enhancement
    left ventricle
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