Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging R2* assessments and analysis of historical parameters in patients with transfusion-dependent thalassemia.

@article{Aessopos2007CardiacMR,
  title={Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging R2* assessments and analysis of historical parameters in patients with transfusion-dependent thalassemia.},
  author={Athanassios Aessopos and Christina Fragodimitri and Fotios Karabatsos and Antonia Hatziliami and Jacqueline Yousef and Anastasios P Giakoumis and Aikaterini Dokou and Efstathios D. Gotsis and Vasilios Antonios Berdoukas and Markissia Karagiorga},
  journal={Haematologica},
  year={2007},
  volume={92 1},
  pages={131-2}
}
Recent advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques allow the assessment of iron overload in tissues 1 especially the heart, 2 in transfusion-dependent thalassemia patients. The R2* value (1/T2*) recorded in the intraventricular septum of the heart indirectly measures the degree of cardiac iron load. Applying this new technology we looked at a number of historical and biochemical parameters in order to determine their relationship to cardiac iron overload and the effect of cardiac… CONTINUE READING

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