An understanding of anatomy forms the cornerstone for accurate interpretations of pathologic alterations. In this article, we present cardiac magnetic resonance images and the corresponding sections of normal hearts obtained at autopsy and cut in planes parallel and perpendicular to the ventricular septum in addition to the standard anatomic orthogonal planes (coronal, sagittal, and transverse). This correlation demonstrates the ability of magnetic resonance imaging to display cardiac anatomy accurately and noninvasively. Because magnetic resonance imaging provides excellent contrast between flowing blood and cardiac walls and has the capacity to provide direct images in multiple planes without inherent difficulties, this procedure has advantages over other currently available imaging techniques.
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