[Clinical relevance and indications for cardiac magnetic resonance imaging 2013: an interdisciplinary expert statement]

Rofo. 2013 Mar;185(3):209-18. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1330763. Epub 2013 Feb 25.
[Article in German]


During the last years the indications of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMRI) have been continuously expanded. However, the acceptance of the method by cardiologists and radiologists does not correlate with respect to the diagnostic potential. Several factors, such as expensive equipment, relatively long examination times, high technical know how and lack of remuneration, limit the application of CMRI in everyday clinical practice. Furthermore, doctors tend to apply more conventional, well established diagnostic procedures, the access to the method is still limited and there exist difficulties in the interdisciplinary collaboration. The interdisciplinary Austrian approach to Cardiac Imaging is aimed to improve the aforementioned problems and to support the implementation of CMRI in the diagnostic tree of cardiac diseases thus enabling a cost efficient management of patients in cardiology.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Coronary Disease / diagnosis
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography / methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Myocardial Perfusion Imaging / methods
  • Sensitivity and Specificity