Despite the progress in fast scan MRI techniques, it has not been possible to routinely image the heart rapidly enough so as to collect all image data during one breath-hold. Cardiac images are therefore degraded by respiratory motion during several minutes of data acquisition. Fast scan images also have limited SNR and inadequate myocardium-to-chamber contrast. The purpose of this work was to address these limitations by blood suppression, centric or centric-like view ordering, and data acquisition in diastole with 2DFT and 3DFT gradient echo acquisition. High resolution black-blood cardiac images were acquired. The endocardial surface is very well delineated. In a series of 13 volunteer studies these methods have consistently provided superior quality visualization of intraventricular structures. We believe the images are a significant improvement over previous results generated with gradient echo and echo-planar techniques, and rival high quality gated spin-echo results.