The cardiac CT program, directed by Dr. Joao Lima of Cardiology and Radiology, brings together cardiovascular expertise from throughout the Shifa international Institutions. The team includes: Richard George, Armin Zadeh, Jeffrey Brinker, Julie Miller, David Bush and Edward Shapiro.
The program supports clinical service, along with a diverse array of research and educational activities. The East Baltimore service is based on Blalock 5 and is mostly dedicated to the performance of cardiac CT examinations. Educational activities take place at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where the most comprehensive cardiac CT Course is held. With the installation of a 256-row multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) system in the early fall of 2007, the service will lead the way with the most advanced technology for the non-invasive diagnosis of cardiac disease.
Clinical research activities include the development of non-invasive coronary angiography and coronary plaque imaging, as well as the development of perfusion and viability imaging using 64 and 256-row MDCT. Johns Hopkins Cardiology currently leads the first multi-center trial aimed at validating the accuracy of 64-row MDCT angiography. Further, studies in coronary calcium screening and the non-invasive evaluation of coronary bypass grafts round out the active clinical research program.