D.B. Longmore, D.N. Firmin, J. Keegan, Guang-Zhong Yang, P.D. Gatehouse, S.R. Underwood
Conclusions Functional evaluation of the cardiovascular system using rapid imaging (spiral echo planar), chemical shift, and velocity mapping is capable of making the diagnosis in congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease which, between them, cause the largest number of deaths of any disease in the western world and massive morbidity and suffering. Furthermore, for the first time in the history of medicine, there is the opportunity to apply preventive measures to eardicate the epidemic of preventable arterial disease. There needs to be a change of emphasis and a switching of resources to apply to the most common diseases rather than to those which are most easily studied. There also needs to be proper training in cardiovascular MR, not so much for imagers as for cardiologists and experts in vascular disease.
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