MR imaging of the coronary vasculature: Imaging the lumen, wall, and beyond

Kai Lin*, James C. Carr

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-353
Number of pages9
JournalRadiologic clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015


  • Coronary artery disease
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Noninvasive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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