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A 23-year-old male asked:

Would a cardiac mri of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? what about heart failure?

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Dr. Anita Prakash
Cardiology 29 years experience
Yes: Cardiac MRI would give very accurate info about chamber sizes and motion/function. "Heart failure" per se is a clinical diagnosis. BUT the cardiac MRI would be able to tell you how well the chamber is squeezing and whether its functioning normally or not.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
MRI: Yes an MRI can be used to diagnose enlarged heart, cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Another test that is often used to make these diagnoses is the echocardiogram. MRI uses magnets to image the heart and echocardiogram uses ultrasound.

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