Choosing Wisely:

Don’t perform coronary cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in the initial evaluation of asymptomatic patients.

Rationale and Comments: Coronary CMR has not been well established for the evaluation of coronary atherosclerosis. Coronary CMR is primarily indicated for detecting and characterizing anomalous coronary arteries.
Sponsoring Organizations:
  • Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  • Sources:
  • American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria
  • Disciplines:
  • Cardiovascular
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