Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and worldwide. A very significant component in successful treatment of heart disease is accurate detection and characterization. With ongoing developments in imaging technology, we seek to develop more and more intimate pictures of cardiac structure, function, and physiology that translate into improved clinical treatments.
Our group focuses on advancing the field of cardiac imaging in three main areas: (1) to develop tools to improve the detection and characterization of coronary atherosclerotic disease (CAD) and hence positively impact diagnosis and treatment selection. (2) to improve the assessment of cardiac viability – the metabolism and the integrity of cardiac cells to better choose treatment in patients with heart attacks (infarctions). (3) to develop methods for advanced MRI acquisition and analysis of the structure and function of the heart for application in the left ventricle in adult cardiac disease and in the right ventricle in congenital heart disease patients. Our advances in MR imaging are also finding application in other areas of healthcare, such as breast cancer diagnosis and characterization.
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