The characteristics of coronary artery disease are gradual thickening of the coronary walls and narrowing of the vascular lumen by the buildup of atherosclerosis plaques. These morphologic changes can be noninvasively detected by coronary magnetic resonance (MR) imaging/MR angiography (MRA). In addition, functional changes, such as coronary wall distensibility and flow changes, may also be evaluated with MR imaging. However, the application of current MR imaging/MRA techniques is limited in clinical practice because of several adverse technical and physiologic factors, such as cardiac and respiratory motion. Many technical innovations have been adopted to address these problems from multiple aspects.
- Coronary artery disease
- Magnetic resonance imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging