Cardiac MRI has emerged as an established tool for the investigation of many cardiovascular disorders, with a growing number of clinical applications. These include assessment of patients with cardiomyopathy or aortic or congenital heart disease, where it yields prognostic data that are likely to improve clinical outcomes.
- Cardiac MRI (CMR) provides high-resolution dynamic imaging of the beating heart and is the reference standard for assessing ventricular systolic function.
- CMR is the only imaging modality that can identify myocardial fibrosis and inflammation, which aids in diagnosis and prognostication for patients with cardiomyopathy.
- CMR is widely used for the assessment of aortic and congenital heart disease, where anatomical imaging and quantification of blood flow help guide potential interventions.
- Access to CMR is limited to specialised centres and currently Medicare rebates are available only for investigation of congenital heart disease, aortic disease and cardiac tumours.
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