Advanced Imaging Case Studies

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Advanced Imaging Led to the Right Diagnosis at the Right Time

Imaging technology has often diagnosed conditions hidden from conventional diagnostic tools. Read about four cases in which imagining made the difference between life and death.

Sarcoidosis

41-year-old previously healthy young man presented with syncope and complete heart block. MRI scan revealed inflammation in areas of the heart that led to a diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis.

Amyloidosis

Amyloidosis46-year-old man who was being treated for hypertension presented with unexplained severe heart failure. MRI scan revealed deposits in the heart that led to a diagnosis of amyloidosis.

Myocarditis

Myocarditis32-year-old previously healthy man was diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction and emergently transferred to the cardiac catheterization lab where the coronary arteries were normal. MRI scan revealed inflammation in areas of the heart that led to a diagnosis of myocarditis.

Cardiac Tumor

Cardiac tumor50-year-old previously healthy woman referred for urgent heart transplant. PET and MRI scan showed the location of the tumor and activity to direct a safe biopsy that showed the tumor would respond to chemotherapy and not require a heart transplant.