Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Non-ischemic Cardiomyopathies: A Pictorial Essay

Cristina Olivas-Chacon, Carola Mullins, Kevan Stewart, Nassim Akle, Jesus Calleros, Luis Ramos-Duran

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Non-ischemic cardiomyopathies are defined as either primary or secondary diseases of the myocardium resulting in cardiac dysfunction. While primary cardiomyopathies are confined to the heart and can be genetic or acquired, secondary cardiomyopathies show involvement of the heart as a manifestation of an underlying systemic disease including metabolic, inflammatory, granulomatous, infectious, or autoimmune entities. Non-ischemic cardiomyopathies are currently classified as hypertrophic, dilated, restrictive, or unclassifiable, including left ventricular non-compaction. Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMRI) not only has the capability to assess cardiac morphology and function, but also the ability to detect edema, hemorrhage, fibrosis, and intramyocardial deposits, providing a valuable imaging tool in the characterization of non-ischemic cardiomyopathies. This pictorial essay shows some of the most important non-ischemic cardiomyopathies with an emphasis on magnetic resonance imaging features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number159564
JournalJournal of Clinical Imaging Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Cardiac
  • delayed gadolinium enhancement
  • non-ischemic cardiomyopathies
  • steady-state free precession

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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