Cardiovascular disease is a major challenge to the healthcare with increasing prevalence in western societies. Hence, early detection of cardiovascular pathologies and preventative strategies will experience growing relevance in the future. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) nowadays allows a comprehensive analysis of the cardiovascular system. By combining separate examinations of brain, arterial vasculature, and heart the technique permits early detection of pathological changes with high diagnostic accuracy void of adverse events. Such a protocol has been proven feasible and technically robust and can be performed within 45 min. Inherent limitations are low spatial resolution of whole-body MR angiography and lack of functional stress testing of the heart. However, while being suitable as a fast and comprehensive imaging technique for cardiovascular screening purposes, medical consequences and socioeconomic relevance must further be elucidated.
|Translated title of the contribution||Cardiovascular whole-body MRI: Possibilities and limitations in prevention|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 09.2004|