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Good morning Dr Richardson,

If one has a normal echo study, would a cardiac MRI be a necessary follow-up or not....What info could an MRI pick up that might not show up on the echo..Also, is echo more accurate if one is thin and has no lung issues....

Hello Rick,

I can't think of any info that MRI would pick up that wouldn't show up on echo.  Yes, echo is more accurate if one is thin and doesn't have distended lungs.

Please write back if this doesn’t answer all your questions.

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David Richardson


Adult heart function and disease. Not very good about children lesss than 12. Hypertension is o.k. Heart rhythm a special interest.


Certified in cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Was chairman of division of cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia. Am now mostly retired.

Fellow of American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology and member of American Physiological Society..

Circulation, American Heart Journal, Hypertension.

M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Residency training at Yale Uhniversity School of Medicine and Medical College of Virginia.

Awards and Honors
Gold Heartt Award from American Heart Association in 1995.

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