Research on MRI screening for coronary artery disease – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers are now investigating a new way to look at the arteries of the heart before any symptoms of heart disease appear.
Gharib: It’s almost like trying to image spaghetti on a trampoline.
Narrator: Dr. Ahmed Gharib at the NIH explains capturing images of these blood vessels is a challenge.
Gharib: The problem with looking at the vessels that supply the heart is, as you can imagine, it’s a smaller vessel – it’s about 2 mm – and it’s sitting on moving organ which is beating at least 60 to 90 beats per minute.
Narrator: Results of a study using magnetic resonance imaging or MRI technology are promising. For details, visit www.niddk.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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