The Cardiac MRI Service is jointly managed by Drs. David A. Bluemke in the Department of Radiology and Joao A. C. Lima in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine.

Activities are generally based in the cardiovascular magnet installed in the 5th floor of the Blalock building. Clinical research activities at this point involve the:

  • investigation of global and regional left ventricular function by MRI tissue tagging
  • measurements of infarct size and microvascular obstruction by contrast enhanced MRI,
  • development of myocardial perfusion techniques and vascular MRI applications

The letter component of the clinical research endeavor includes efforts to develop MR coronary angiography and endothelial function test by brachial artery imagery.

Clinical research also entails a large effort of the development and implementation of transesophageal MRI techniques to quantify atherosclerosis and monitor the effect of lipid lowering therapy. The clinical Cardiovascular MRI Service provides support to the clinical activities of the Shifa International  Hospital and also to outpatient referrals for specific cardiovascular MRI studies. Finally, the Cardiovascular MRI Service supports the Multi-Ethnic Study on Atherosclerosis and functions as the Reading Center for all MRI studies obtained in that large Multi-center NIH funded effort.