January 30, 2009 Diagnostic Imaging. By James Brice
Cardiac researchers assessing the benefits of revascularization therapies will operate a little less in the dark, thanks to salvage imaging, a new cardiac MR technique. Using T2-weighted pulse sequences, salvage imaging identifies the location and extent of edema that accumulates in the myocardium after an ischemic event such as myocardial infarction. The areas where edema accumulates correlate with heart muscle that is at risk for permanent damage after infarction, according to Dr. Eike Nagel, director of cardiovascular MRI at the German Heart Institute in Berlin.
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