At present, cardiovascular MRI is the only noninvasive diagnostic tool that can combine the assessment of regional and global function, morphology and tissue-specific information in a single investigation. With good spatial and temporal resolution and high contrast-to-noise ratio, cardiovascular MRI is an accurate and feasible tool for the evaluation of ischemic heart disease. It is not only considered to be the gold standard for assessment of myocardial function, but also for the detection of myocardial necrosis and fibrosis. In addition, cardiovascular MRI provides clinically relevant information on stunning, microvascular obstruction, transmural extent of the infarction, hemorrhage and postmyocardial infarction complications such as thrombus, Dressler syndrome and aneuryms.

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Interventional Cardiology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Springeling, T, Rossi, A.G, Moelker, A, & van Geuns, R.J.M. (2010). Cardiovascular MRI in acute myocardial infarction. Interventional Cardiology (Vol. 2, pp. 327–339). doi:10.2217/ica.10.26