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Role of non-invasive imaging in the work-up of cardiomyopathies. [Review]

by Tummala, Lakshmi S; Young, Raymond K; Singh, Tania; Jani, Sandeep; Srichai, Monvadi B.
Citation: Current Atherosclerosis Reports. 17(3):486, 2015 Mar..Journal: Current atherosclerosis reports.ISSN: 1523-3804.Full author list: Tummala LS; Young RK; Singh T; Jani S; Srichai MB.UI/PMID: 25637041.Subject(s): Animals | *Cardiomyopathies/di [Diagnosis] | Diagnostic Imaging/mt [Methods] | *Diagnostic Imaging | *Heart Failure/di [Diagnosis] | Humans | Image Processing, Computer-Assisted/mt [Methods] | *Myocardial Ischemia/di [Diagnosis] | *Myocardium/pa [Pathology]Institution(s): MedStar Washington Hospital Center | MedStar Heart & Vascular InstituteDepartment(s): Medicine/CardiologyActivity type: Journal Article.Medline article type(s): Journal Article | ReviewDigital Object Identifier: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11883-014-0486-1 (Click here) Abbreviated citation: Curr Atheroscler Rep. 17(3):486, 2015 Mar.Abstract: Cardiomyopathy is an intrinsic structural disorder of the myocardium that may result in ventricular dysfunction and can progress to clinical heart failure. Non-invasive imaging modalities can determine whether abnormalities are present in the myocardium, valves, pericardium, or vessels. These imaging techniques can also present important prognostic information, as well as direct treatment and further management. Echocardiography is the most common imaging technique used for the initial diagnosis and management of cardiomyopathy; however, other imaging modalities, including nuclear cardiac imaging, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and cardiac computed tomography, may play an important role depending on the underlying etiology of the cardiomyopathy. This article reviews the role of non-invasive imaging in the work-up and management of patients with cardiomyopathy.

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