Cardiovascular magnetic resonance in the quantitative assessment of left ventricular mass, volumes and contractile function

Coron Artery Dis. 2005 Sep;16(6):337-43. doi: 10.1097/00019501-200509000-00002.


Cardiovascular magnetic resonance is a well validated, highly accurate and reproducible technique for the assessment of ventricular volumes, function and mass. State of the art cardiovascular magnetic resonance practice is capable of a ventricular assessment that includes not only systolic but also diastolic function. Thus, it provides an insight into the complex changes in ventricular morphology, physiology and function in cardiovascular disease. This has produced great interest not only in its clinical utilization but also as an important research tool. As refinement of the technique continues to incorporate hardware and software developments, the technique becomes quicker, more accurate and easier to analyse. Here, we review recent developments and current practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular System / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cardiovascular System / pathology
  • Cardiovascular System / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / diagnostic imaging*
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / pathology
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / physiopathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / instrumentation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Myocardial Contraction / physiology*
  • Radiographic Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Ventricular Function, Left / physiology