The Future of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Matthias G. Friedrich MD


Eur Heart J. 2017;38(22):1698-1701. 

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Access to scanners and reimbursement are often subject to competition between radiologists and cardiologists. This typically leads to poor local CMR service with limited image quality and less useful results, eventually leading to limited access for patients to state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures. Inefficient and complex interfaces of MRI systems discourage MRI system owners to use the system for cardiovascular applications. Long scan times affect both patients and technologists and lack cost-efficiency. In many countries, the cost for contrast agents is prohibitive and appropriate contrast-enhanced protocols are infrequently used.