Innovation & Collaboration

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Innovation

  • Ultra low dose Cardiac CT: Active clinical innovation helps us continuously record some of the lowest radiation doses in the country
  • Non-contrast MR angiography for renal failure patients
  • Changes in myocardial metabolism in LVAD patients using PET
  • Strain and 3D echocardiography for evaluation of cardiomyopathy and valve disease

First in the World to Image Human Hearts at 7 Tesla

Scans at 7 Tesla
Strong collaboration with the University of Minnesota and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research made our facility the first in the world to image human hearts at 7 Tesla (7T) high field magnetic strength. Continuing work in this area is expected to help us discover the intricate biological mechanisms of the healthy and diseased heart muscle and high-risk characteristics of atherosclerotic plaques.

Active work is currently ongoing with a focus on cardiac involvement in muscular dystrophy.

trainee and mentor at computerNovel and Customized Imaging Training Programs

A dedicated advanced imaging fellowship provides in-depth training in advanced imaging techniques such as CT, MRI and PET. Customized training programs help support our cardiovascular fellows in their career path of choice.

Collaboration

  • Working with the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) to develop new coil technologies and methods including RF pulse sequences to make the ultra high field (7T, 9.4T and 10.5T) Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) the most powerful tools available for cardiac diagnostic imaging and biomedical research. To this end, we are world leaders in this effort. Many new technologies and sequences developed for the ultra high field magnets can also be used to improve clinical cardiac MRI at 1.5T and 3.0T.
  • Working with the University’s Division of Epidemiology and Community Health on imaging research of active, long-term national trials such as MESA, ARIC and CARDIA.