SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL of the Hungarian Society of Cardiology

The role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging after COVID-19 infection

█ Review

DOI: 10.26430/CHUNGARICA.2021.51.1.18

Szabó Liliána1, Juhász Vencel1, Dohy Zsófia1, Hirschberg Kristóf1,
Czimbalmos Csilla1, Tóth Attila1, Suhai Ferenc Imre1, Merkely Béla1,2, Vágó Hajnalka1,2
1Semmelweis Egyetem, Városmajori Szív- és Érgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest
2Semmelweis Egyetem, Sportorvostan Tanszék, Budapest


The role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging after COVID-19 infection
Although the primarily known manifestations of the infection caused by “coronavirus-2 causing severe acute respiratory syndrome” (SARS-CoV-2) are pulmonary, the cardiovascular complications of the disease are also gaining widespread attention. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is a method for assessing ventricular volumes, morphology and function, which is suitable for detecting tissue specific information including myocardial oedema and necrosis/fibrosis through special sequences. Parametric T2 and T1 mapping enable the identification of diffuse myocardial pathologies. As a non-invasive imaging modality suitable for tissue characterization, CMR is receiving scientific attention in the assessment of cardiac involvement of COVID-19 disease. This is because it has a potential role in the detection of possible complications of the disease and in the differential diagnosis of myocardial injury in the case of troponin positivity. In our communication, we discuss the role of cardiac MR examination after SARS-CoV-2 infection.



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