J Med Assoc Thai 2000; 83 (11):137

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The Use of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Coronary Artery Disease
Krittayaphong R Mail, Chaithiraphan S

A new noninvasive imaging technique, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), has been
developed that has the potential to assess anatomical and functional data of patients with coronary
artery disease. None of the other cardiac investigations to date can combine all aspects of
information. Cardiac MRI is a challenging task because of the motion of the structure during cardiac
contraction and the motion with respiration. We reviewed the technique and the use of cardiac MRI
in various aspects. The emerging area in cardiac MRI is the analysis of the plaque morphology
information, and the use of the new contrast agents. Further investigation is needed in order for
cardiac MRI to achieve a better image information within a shorter period of time.
Key word : Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Coronary Artery Disease

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