Cardiac MRI is complementary to echocardiography in the assessment of cardiac masses

Maria I. Altbach, Scott W. Squire, Vijayasree Kudithipudi, Lisa Castellano, Vincent L. Sorrell

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Despite the fact that the incidence of cardiac tumors is low, the prompt evaluation and adequate intervention of these is highly important. Although most tumors of the heart are considered histologically benign, there are significant risks associated with these "benign" tumors. These are associated with significant morbidity and mortality due to obstruction of blood flow, alterations of conduction, propagation of arrhythmias, and thromboembolism, depending on their size, location, and nature. With the advent of noninvasive imaging modalities - traditionally echocardiography; but more recently using cross-sectional imaging with cardiac computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging - cardiac tumors can be optimally assessed providing a greater opportunity for curative treatments by cardiothoracic surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-300
Number of pages15
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Cardiac CT
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Contrast
  • Echocardiography
  • Gadolinium
  • Mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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