Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMRI)
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey is one of only a handful of pediatric
cardiac centers experienced in the application of cardiac magnetic resonance
While this advanced modality has been use for adults for many years, CMRI
is emerging as a highly accurate and safe method for obtaining a detailed
assessment of both the heart structure and function in infants and children
with congenital heart malformations.
This advanced technology has important applications in diagnostic testing,
pre-operative planning, as well as post-operative evaluation and follow-up.
It provides our pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons
with the most complete and highest resolution images of the heart and
Benefits of CMRI in Pediatric Patients
- This non-invasive imaging modality means requires no incision or catheter.
Young patients who are able to remain still throughout the test do not
- CMRI provides 3-D view of the heart and blood vessels from many angles
that can not be seen with any other imaging technique.
- CMRI provides physicians with visualization of cardiac function including
complete anatomy and blood flow through the heart.
- The resulting high-resolution images of the heart’s anatomy assist
cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons in planning optimum surgical
procedures that can greatly improve long-term success.
The expertise of several specialists is combined to perform and interpret
CMRI. The experienced team includes a pediatric cardiologists and pediatric
cardiac imaging specialist and specially trained CMRI technologists who
are sensitive the needs of infants and children. If sedation is required,
a pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiologist monitors the patient throughout
Common indications for CMRI
- Tetralogy of fallot
- Abnormal pulmonary arteries
- Interrupted aortic arch
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Double aortic arch
- Sickle cell disease and thalassemia
- Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome and other aortopathies
- Anomalies of pulmonary venous connection
- Anomalies of systemic venous connection
- Evaluation of non-compaction cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy