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January 26, 1994

Realizing Potential of MR Coronary Angiography May Ease Patients' Test Load and Diagnosis Costs

JAMA. 1994;271(4):256. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510280012005

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A "ONE-STOP SHOP where you can get all the information you need about the heart" is being visualized by some forward-looking cardiologists. The medium for this noninvasive message is magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, said speakers at the 66th annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA), held in Atlanta, Ga.

A dozen years after the enormous potential of MR in many areas of medicine began to be forecast (JAMA. 1982;247: 151-159 and 1984;251:869-877), Gerald M. Pohost, MD, director, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, says the now widely distributed $2-million imaging systems are living up to their advance billing. Not very long ago, their efficacy in diagnosing heart disease was in serious question; now, says Pohost, once the magnets are able to be used to their full potential, they will provide not only superior images but substantial cost savings.

The reduction in imaging time

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