The Cardiac Imaging Section provides clinical cardiac imaging services, using computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The cardiac imaging section staff includes imaging clinicians with specialty expertise in cardiac CT and MRI, as well as technical experts and support personnel.
The imaging equipment used by the Cardiac Imaging Section is state-of-the-art. There are 16-slice high-speed, high-resolution multi-detector CT systems in the Department that are used for cardiac imaging, a 64-detector row system, and the newly housed Siemens Dual Source CT— Somatom® Definition™. There are also several high-performance MRI systems available for cardiac imaging, including a high field 3 Tesla imaging system.
Both cardiac CT and MRI can be used to provide high quality cross-sectional images of the heart and great vessels in any desired orientation. Both CT and MRI can be very useful for the evaluation of anatomic abnormalities of the heart, such as cardiac masses or congenital heart disease. CT provides better images of the coronary arteries than MRI, and can be very helpful in screening for the possible presence of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease in suitable patients, as well as evaluating coronary anomalies. MRI additionally provides excellent dynamic and quantitative information on cardiac function and on large vessel and cardiac chamber blood flow. MRI is also very effective for the detection of the presence of scarring of the heart wall, which can be valuable in the evaluation of myocardial viability for planning the treatment of coronary artery disease.
The Cardiac Imaging Section provides a regular interdisciplinary cardiac imaging conference, as well as a series of resident teaching lectures on cardiac imaging, and participates in cardiac imaging conferences in Adult and Pediatric Cardiology.
Related research efforts include the development of new cardiac imaging and image analysis methods and their evaluation in clinical applications. There are ongoing clinical research collaborations with Adult and Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery.