Radiographics 2017 Jan 27:160082. Epub 2017 Jan 27.
From the Departments of Radiology (H.H., Y.M., M.H., H.N.) and Pathology (H.H., H.I.U.), National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, 5-7-1 Fujishiro-dai, Suita, Osaka, Japan; Departments of Diagnostic Radiology (F.K.), Cardiology (S.N.), and Cardiovascular Surgery (A.I.), Saitama Medical University International Medical Center, Hidaka, Japan; Department of Radiology, Tenri Hospital, Tenri, Japan (K.U.); and Department of Radiology, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan (K.S.).
Cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) is used to detect and assess the myocardial damage seen with a variety of cardiomyopathies. Gadolinium-based contrast material accumulates in the expanded interstitial space of the myocardium. Areas with LGE correspond to replacement fibrosis, fibrofatty change, epithelioid granuloma, inflammatory cell infiltration, cardiomyocyte necrosis, and amyloid deposition-conditions that represent a focal increase in interstitial space. Read More