Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in daily practice in a peripheral medical centre: description of the first 383 patients

C. P. H. Lexis, Braim M. Rahel*, Paul H. Langen, M. A. S. Lexis, Ge A. Hoffland, P. J. M. Post, Joan G Meeder

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Background Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging has evolved over the last decade into an indispensable diagnostic instrument CMR imaging noninvasively provides structural, functional and morphological information with high spatial resolution and an unlimited field of view Since October 2006 the VieCuri Medical Centre in Venlo has a CMR scanner at its disposal Objectives The goal of this study was to analyse the impact of CMR imaging on diagnosis and treatment m daily practice in the setting of a medium-volume peripheral hospital Methods All patients who underwent CMR imaging between October 2006 and November 2008 were included in this analysis The medical history before and after the CMR scan, the application form for CMR imaging and the outcome of the scans were reviewed CMR images, obtained using a 1 5-T magnetic resonance imaging system, were reviewed by a multidisciplinary team Results In 235 patients CMR imaging demonstrated one or more abnormalities, whereas CMR imaging did not identify any abnormalities in 148 patients CMR imaging confirmed an expected finding in 166 cases, identified an unexpected condition in 69 cases, ruled out an expected finding in 59 cases and ruled out a suspected condition in 89 cases Due to better insight into diagnosis, CMR imaging resulted in a change of treatment m 166 of the total of 383 CMR scans (43%) Conclusion In a relevant number of cases CMR imaging leads to a change in the treatment of a patient, proving the value of CMR imaging as a diagnostic modality Therefore, CMR imaging is an excellent opportunity for peripheral medical centres to improve efficiency and the standard of patient care (Neth Heart J 2010,18 524-30)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-529
JournalNetherlands Heart Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac Gated Imaging Techniques

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