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Considerable technical advances over the past decade have increased the clinical application of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging. A comprehensive CMR examination can accurately measure left and right ventricular size and function, identify the presence and extent of reversible versus irreversible myocardial injury, and detect inducible ischemia. Streamlined protocols allow such a CMR examination to be a time-efficient diagnostic tool in patients with coronary artery disease. Moreover, edema imaging with T2-weighted CMR allows the detection of acute coronary syndromes. In this review, we present the relevant CMR methods and discuss practical uses of CMR in acute and chronic ischemic heart disease. © 2011 Mosby, Inc.

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American Heart Journal

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16 - 30