MR imaging of fat in and around the heart

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1990 Aug;155(2):271-4. doi: 10.2214/ajr.155.2.2142567.


MR imaging is useful for characterizing collections of fat in and around the heart. This article illustrates the MR appearance of pericardial fat, epicardial and periaortic fat, intramural fatty involvement and intracavitary fat, with emphasis on the distinctions between fatty and nonfatty tumors.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / anatomy & histology*
  • Cardiomegaly / diagnosis*
  • Cardiomegaly / etiology
  • Heart / anatomy & histology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*