CiteWeb id: 20090000181

CiteWeb score: 3320

DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200011163432003

Background Recent studies indicate that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) after the administration of contrast material can be used to distinguish between reversible and irreversible myocardial ischemic injury regardless of the extent of wall motion or the age of the infarct. We hypothesized that the results of contrast-enhanced MRI can be used to predict whether regions of abnormal ventricular contraction will improve after revascularization in patients with coronary artery disease. Methods Gadolinium-enhanced MRI was performed in 50 patients with ventricular dysfunction before they underwent surgical or percutaneous revascularization. The transmural extent of hyperenhanced regions was postulated to represent the transmural extent of nonviable myocardium. The extent of regional contractility at the same locations was determined by cine MRI before and after revascularization in 41 patients. Results Contrast-enhanced MRI showed hyperenhancement of myocardial tissue in 40 of 50 patients before revascularizat...