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Standard Protocol: Limitations

Even though there are MRI scanners available around the world, Cardiac magnetic Resonance is still limited to access. There are still different barriers which prevent its utilisation such as: competing demands, high expertise requirements, lengthy scans (the standard study without perfusion lasts around 45 to 60 minutes), patient cooperation via breath-holding, unfamiliarity and onerous analysis and barriers between clinician requesting and result integration into decision making. 

Rapid CMR protocol

CMR now is the gold standard for the diagnosis of many cardiovascular diseases.  CMR is the most reliable test for measuring structure and function of the heart and adds real incremental value over other tests by imaging scarring in the heart muscle.

This project aims to implement a comprehensive CMR protocol in developing countries that can be fast, robust, and cheaper: 20 to 25 minutes, and with simpler analysis and better diagnostic support mechanisms, permitted its wider adoption in Peru and correct use after a proper training to local clinical doctors and technicians.

Cardiac pathologies studies with the Rapid CMR protocol 

As this protocol is mainly focused to assess the structure, function and tissue characterisation - scar in the heart muscle, areas where patients derive major benefit from this protocol include: ischaemic diseases to assess infarction and viability, non-ischaemic diseases: myocarditis, inheritance- primary Cardiomyopathy, iron overload (non-contrast study with T2*), infiltrative disease like amyloid and pericardium disease. 

This protocol does not focus to assess other specific cardiac pathologies, where additional sequences are required: perfusion exam to assess ischaemia, cardiac tumours, congenital heart diseases.

To request more information about the specific pathologies assessed by the rapid CMR protocol, you can contact us

¿What are the sequences acquired with the Rapid CMR protocol and how long does it last? 

The average time of scanning with this protocol is around 20 minutes. However, times of acquisition can be different in accordance to the experience and training of each participant center. The main objective of this project is to introduce and to promote the use of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance in developing countries, time of scanning may improve over the time with more training and getting more familiar with the protocol. This protocol is focussed to assess: 1) Structure and cardiac function 2) Tissue characterisation with the use of contrast (gadolinium) for the assessment of scar and fibrosis. To request more information about the  rapid CMR protocol, you can contact us