The Brookwood Baptist system recently incorporated state-of-the art Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) imaging for diagnosis patients with complex cardiovascular conditions. The technique allows for the acquisition of three-dimensional multi-planar moving images of the heart, blood vessels and associated organs without the need for ionizing radiation in about one 15-minute session.
Brookwood Baptist has two active CMR centers - Shelby and Princeton - with trained technologists who work with patients whose diagnoses have not been ascertained by more traditional techniques - ECG, ultrasound, SPECT, CTA and cardiac catheterization. CMR can be used to diagnose silent myocardial infarction, cardiac sarcoidosis, amyloidosis and a variety of valvular heart diseases. CMR can also predict recovery of myocardium after revascularization, characterize congenital heart conditions before and after structural procedures, and determine timing of surgery with aortic diseases.
The invention of CMR does not obviate traditional approaches to cardiovascular patients, including clinical exam, echocardiogram, stress test, and angiography, nor is CMR needed in all cardiac patients. Rather, CMR can be useful in challenging cases where the data are unclear and/or prognostication is needed.
Heart South Cardiovascular in Alabaster offers cardiovascular evaluations in patients with unclear diagnoses, second opinions about select cases, and on-site CMR where needed. CMR is a useful, available imaging modality for cardiac patients in the Birmingham area. Feel free to contact the practice for any questions or curbside consultations.
David S. Fieno, MD, PhD is a board-certified cardiologist with Heart South Cardiovascular, PC.
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