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Edema and fibrosis imaging by cardiovascular magnetic resonance: How can the experience of Cardiology be best utilized in rheumatological practice?
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PMID:  24582213     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: CMR, a non-invasive, non-radiating technique can detect myocardial oedema and fibrosis.
METHOD: CMR imaging, using T2-weighted and T1-weighted gadolinium enhanced images, has been successfully used in Cardiology to detect myocarditis, myocardial infarction and various cardiomyopathies.
RESULTS: Transmitting this experience from Cardiology into Rheumatology may be of important value because: (a) heart involvement with atypical clinical presentation is common in autoimmune connective tissue diseases (CTDs). (b) CMR can reliably and reproducibly detect early myocardial tissue changes. (c) CMR can identify disease acuity and detect various patterns of heart involvement in CTDs, including myocarditis, myocardial infarction and diffuse vasculitis. (d) CMR can assess heart lesion severity and aid therapeutic decisions in CTDs.
CONCLUSION: The CMR experience, transferred from Cardiology into Rheumatology, may facilitate early and accurate diagnosis of heart involvement in these diseases and potentially targeted heart treatment.
Sophie Mavrogeni; Petros Sfikakis; Theodoros Dimitroulas; Genovefa Kolovou; George D Kitas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  REVIEW     Date:  2014-1-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-866X     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin. Arthritis Rheum.     Publication Date:  2014 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-3-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306053     Medline TA:  Semin Arthritis Rheum     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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