MR imaging of cardiac masses.
Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2008 May;16(2):137-64, vii
Authors: Syed IS, Feng D, Harris SR, Martinez MW, Misselt AJ, Breen JF, Miller DV, Araoz PA
Cardiac MR imaging is the preferred method for assessment of cardiac masses. A comprehensive cardiac MR imaging examination for a cardiac mass consists of static morphologic images using fast spin-echo sequences, including single-shot techniques, with T1 and T2 weighting and fat suppression pulses as well as dynamic imaging with cine steady-state free precession techniques. Further tissue characterization is provided with perfusion and delayed enhancement imaging. Specific cardiac tumoral characterization is possible in many cases. When specific tumor characterization is not possible, MR imaging often can demonstrate aggressive versus nonaggressive features that help in differentiating malignant from benign tumors.
PMID: 18474324 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]