Clarification of structural heart disease

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows a detailed representation of the anatomy of the myocardium and valves as well as a comprehensive assessment of cardiac function. In addition, tissue characterization can also be performed by administering a contrast agent containing gadolinium.

We have a state-of-the-art MR and a combined PET/MR device at our Wagi site in Schlieren to carry out cardiac examinations. MRI is particularly suitable for

  • Assessment of the morphology and function of the heart
  • Diagnosis and assessment of genetic and acquired diseases of the heart muscle such as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and many others
  • Identification of vital and scarred heart muscle tissue after a heart attack
  • Assessment of the functionality of the heart valves (stenosis insufficiencies)
  • Detection of inflammation of the heart muscle and pericardium (myocarditis and perimyocarditis, Figure 6)
  • Assessment of cardiac storage diseases (e.g. iron overload, Fabry disease, etc.)

Finally, cardiac MRI can also be used to assess cardiac perfusion, especially when SPECT or PET are not an option.

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 35-year-old patient with unexplained chest pain

35-year-old patient with unclear chest pain. The late images after administration of contrast medium show a persistent accumulation in the outer part of the myocardium (bright area, red arrow), corresponding to a circumscribed scarring as a result of myocardial inflammation. In contrast, the other parts of the heart muscle remain black and are therefore not affected. Right: 70-year-old patient with coronary heart disease and bypass surgery. Here, the late images after contrast medium also show a persistent accumulation, but in the inner part of the heart muscle (bright area, red arrow). Corresponding to scarring after a heart attack. It can also be seen that the scarring does not extend to the outermost parts of the heart muscle, so the scar is not transmural.

Please note that a cardiac examination using MRI in Schlieren is not possible if you have a pacemaker or implanted defibrillator. Patients must also not suffer from claustrophobia (claustrophobia). If you have any questions, please give us a call.

Due to the variety of modalities, it is not always easy to choose the optimal imaging for the individual patient. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions or uncertainties (direct medical hotline via +41 44 255 15 01).

Responsible specialist

Philipp Kaufmann, Prof. Dr. med.

Director of Department, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Tel. +41 44 255 15 00
Specialties: Specialist for non-invasive cardiac imaging (PET, SPECT, CT, MRI), Specialist FMH for Nuclear Medicine, Cardiology and Internal Medicine

Ronny Ralf Büchel, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Vice Director of Department, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Tel. +41 43 253 87 89
Specialties: Specialist in multimodal non-invasive cardiac imaging (PET, SPECT, CT, MRI)., FMH specialist in nuclear medicine and cardiology., Research group: Hybrid and molecular cardiac imaging

Aju Pazhenkottil, PD Dr. med.

Attending Physician with extended responsibilites, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Attending Physician, Department of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine

Tel. +41 44 255 39 50
Specialties: Cardiac imaging (cardiac CT/NUK/MRI), Echocardiography, Psychocardiology

Andreas Giannopoulos, Dr. med. Dr. med. sc.(GR)

Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Tel. +41 43 253 08 43
Specialties: Specialist in multimodal non-invasive cardiac imaging (PET, SPECT, CT, echocardiography), Specialist in cardiology, Research group: Hybrid and molecular cardiac imaging

Dominik Benz, PD Dr. med.

Attending Physician, Department of Cardiology
Attending Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine

Tel. +41 43 253 11 91
Specialties: Echocardiography, Cardiac imaging (MRI, CT, NUK), Cardiac amyloidosis

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