Non-invasive cardiovascular imaging includes echocardiography, nuclear cardiac imaging (myocardial perfusion and positron emission tomography), computed tomography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). In the assessment of cardiac volumes, function and mass, CMR is widely accepted as the gold standard. Moreover, it is unique in its ability to characterize the myocardium using conventional and novel imaging sequences. CMR does not involve radiation and the use of gadolinium contrast for tissue characterization is very safe. These are strengths that have expanded the clinical and research applications of CMR.
The Imaging Core at NHRIS has a specialized and dedicated team of CMR physicist, post-doctorate radiographer, engineers, research fellows and clinician scientists. NHRIS houses two CMR (3T Philips Ingenia and 1.5T Siemens Aera) to meet the increasing research and clinical demands.
The Imaging Core laboratory is well-suited in the analysis of the cardiovascular system:
Image analysis in the Corelab is performed by experienced and trained analysts according to standardized protocols. Analysis methodologies are validated and tested for variability. The Corelab uses a standardized commercially available image analysis package (CMR42, Circle Cardiovascular Imaging).
The current studies supported by the Imaging Core:
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