Cardiac MRI Catheterization: A 10-Year Single Institution Experience and Review

Kuberan Pushparajah; Aphrodite Tzifa; Reza Razavi


Interv Cardiol. 2014;6(3):335-346. 

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Abstract and Introduction


MRI- or combined x-ray and MRI (XMR)-guided catheterization was introduced as an alternative to x-ray-guided catheterization to reduce radiation exposure and offer more comprehensive anatomical, hemodynamic and physiological data. However, developments have been slow to come into routine clinical practice. We report a 10-year experience of solely MRI-guided and XMR catheterization in patients at our institution, review the developments in clinical MRI-guided and XMR catheterization and discuss future perspectives. This includes further results from our clinical trial on MRI-guided cardiac interventions.


Improved surgical and interventional techniques have improved outcomes for congenital heart disease,[1] adding to the number and complexity of lesions needing serial monitoring or treatment. The role of MRI in the assessment of cardiac anatomy and function in congenital heart disease is well established and has the potential to replace diagnostic cardiac catheterization in selected cases.[2–7] However, x-ray-guided cardiac catheterization is still necessary for invasive hemodynamic data and cardiac interventions.