The most widely accepted MRI-based method for heart iron assessment
- Information for assessing the risk of cardiac failure or arrhythmia
- Assessment of heart iron loading
- Valuable information for managing iron chelation therapy
- Non-invasive, requires no contrast agents, does require breath-holds
Importance of Heart Iron Overload
Heart iron loading may be at a different pace or stage compared with liver iron loading. An immediate risk of iron-induced arrhythmia and cardiac failure can be assessed by MRI measurement of cardiac T2*. Iron-induced damage to heart tissue can be halted and reversed if appropriate and timely chelation therapy is commenced. Regular assessment of body iron overload through the FerriScan and cardiac T2* Dual Analysis Service enables better informed decisions on the management of patients at risk of iron-induced organ damage.