MR imaging, because of its non-invasive nature, 3D capabilities, and capacity for soft tissue characterisation, is emerging as a powerful modality for both coronary luminal and vessel wall imaging. With further refinement of the technique and improvements of the spatial resolution on high field MR scanners, there is hope of significantly improving our ability to detect and characterize the tissue and plaque components in the coronary vessel wall. Doing so may have far reaching implications for the management of patients with established coronary heart disease.

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