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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart

MRI exams have allowed new insights into the heart and extended the range of imaging modalities in cardiology without exposing the patient to radiation.  Here in the heart of Munich, our team of experienced cardiologists and radiologists will advise you about the range of high-tech imaging techniques in cardiology. At the Isar Heart Center in Munich, MRI is an integral part of the interdisciplinary imaging.

In recent years, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging has assumed an indispensable role in the diagnosis of disease of the coronary arteries and disease of heart muscle tissue (cardiomyopathy). In the fields of congenital cardiovascular defects, and of heart muscle inflammation (myocarditis), the cardiac MRI has become particularly important. Continuous technical improvements have made the MRI a valuable addition in routine cardiac diagnostics.
Based on an MRI diagnosis, it is possible to exclude with a high degree of certainty a narrowing of coronary vessels (stenosis) that can impact the blood supply to the heart muscle. To do this, stress tests are administered, both during rest and after administering a suitable medication during activity (stress), in which the pumping function or blood flow to the heart muscle are assessed.
Additionally, an MRI is indispensable for the diagnosis of diseases of the heart muscle as there is no other examination technique which can deliver a comparable accurate representation of the muscle tissue. This is especially important in cases of acute or chronic myocardial inflammation, as well as other inflammatory diseases (e.g. rheumatism). Additionally, it is possible to diagnose structural heart diseases and diagnosis of lysosomal storage diseases in which there is the deposition of metabolites in the heart muscle. 
Increasingly, MRI is also used as a supplemental technique in the diagnosis of heart valve diseases whereby the extent of the malfunction can be directly quantified. MRI examinations have also significantly improved the ability to diagnose and monitor congenital heart defects in infants and adults. Fistulas of the (in the) pulmonary and circulatory systems, as well as heart function, can be reliably ascertained (pinpointed) and the anatomical conditions are presented especially well.

Cardiac MRI Team at Isar Heart Centre

PD Dr. A. Leber

Dr. M. Röttinger