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- Received October 8, 2015
- Revision received November 25, 2015
- Accepted December 3, 2015
- Published online March 1, 2016.
- Marc R. Dweck, MD, PhDa,b,
- Valentina O. Puntmann, MD, PhDc,
- Alex T. Vesey, MDb,
- Zahi A. Fayad, PhDa and
- Eike Nagel, MD, PhDd,∗ ()
- aTranslation Molecular Imaging Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount-Sinai, New York, New York
- bBritish Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- cCardiovascular Imaging Center Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
- dInstitute for Experimental and Translational Cardiovascular Imaging, DZHK Centre for Cardiovascular Imaging, University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
- ↵∗Reprint requests and correspondence:
Dr. Eike Nagel, Institute for Experimental and Translational Cardiovascular Imaging, University Hospital Frankfurt/Main, Frankfurt, Germany.
Cardiac magnetic resonance offers the promise of radiation-free imaging of the coronary arteries, providing information with respect to luminal stenosis, plaque burden, high-risk plaque characteristics, and disease activity. In combination, this would provide a comprehensive, individualized assessment of coronary atherosclerosis that could be used to improve patient risk stratification and to guide treatment. However, the technical challenges involved with delivering upon this promise are considerable, requiring sophisticated approaches to both data acquisition and post-processing. In this review, we describe the current status of this technology, its capabilities, its limitations, and what will be required in the future to translate this technology into routine clinical practice.
Dr. Nagel has received research support from Siemens Healthcare, Bayer Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, TomTec, and MEDIS; educational support from CVI42 and MEDIS; and speaker honoraria from Bayer Healthcare. All other authors have reported that they have no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
- Received October 8, 2015.
- Revision received November 25, 2015.
- Accepted December 3, 2015.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation