Table of Contents

What's inside the magnet and why?.
The MRI environment.
Protons and spins: the origin of the MRI signal.
Generating a signal: RF pulses and echoes.
Relaxation times, gradient echoes, and spin echoes.
Making an image: locating and encoding signals in space.
Image space and k-space.
Imaging parameters and image attributes.
Improving SNR with surface coils and array coils.
Pulse sequences and image contrast.
Gradient echo versus spin echo.
Black blood versus bright blood imaging.
Dealing with cardiac motion: how do we image the beating heart?.
Dealing with respiratory motion.
Fast imaging: how do we speed up the image acquisition?.
Special pulse sequences for cardiac imaging.
Common artifacts.
The basics of a CMR study.
Components of CMR protocols.
Anatomy of CMR.
The CMR report.
Diseases of the aorta.
Cardiomyopathies.
Pericardial disease.
Cardiac masses.
Valvular heart disease.
Ischemic heart disease.
Basic adult congenital heart disease (ACHD).
Pulmonary vein assessment.
Interventional cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging. The aim of this book is to provide a compact text for practicing physicians and cardiologists or radiologists in training that contains all aspects of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging relevant for the appropriate use of this imaging modality in clinical practice. In a tutorial style, the book provides an overview of the relevant physics that govern CMR imaging and provide details on commonly accepted indications for referral. The book also provides the necessary background information to get trainees prepared for training in a CMR center. The emphasis of the book will be on practical.