Sao Paulo Medical Journal
On-line version ISSN 1806-9460
KALIL FILHO, Roberto and ALBUQUERQUE, Cicero Piva de. Magnetic resonance imaging in Chagas' heart disease. Sao Paulo Med. J. [online]. 1995, vol.113, n.2, pp. 880-883. ISSN 1806-9460. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-31801995000200022.
Many important aspects of Chagas' heart disease can be successfully assessed using magnetic resonance imaging of the heart. It is possible to obtain with great detail the anatomic characterization of the cardiac chambers as well as important information of the functional or metabolic status of the heart. Magnetic resonance imaging after gadolinium infusion seems also a promising technique to obtain a better regional characterization of myocardial tissue, and may be important in the non-invasive diagnosis of active myocarditis in patients with Chagas' heart disease.
Keywords : Chagas' disease; Myocarditis; Magnetic resonance imaging.