Cardiothoracic Imaging

The Cardiovascular Imaging (CVI) section is dedicated to the application and advancement of the newest techniques for noninvasive evaluation of cardiac and vascular diseases. Noninvasive imaging utilitizing the most up-to-date technology provides a rapid, accurate and pain free method to diagnose correctly any problems which may exist without the many of the risks associated with more invasive procedures such as cardiac catheterization or catheter angiography.

Cardiovascular Imaging

These techniques include state-of-the-art cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and angiography (MRA) as well as cardiac computed tomography (CT) and angiography (CTA). Our clinical facilities at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania include 8 whole body 1.5 Tesla MRI scanners and 5 CT scanners including a dedicated cardiovascular MR imaging system (Siemens Sonata) and 3 multidetector helical CT scanners (GE Lightspeed Qxi, Siemens Sensation 4, Siemens Sensation 16). We also interpret cardiovascular MR and multidetector CT studies performed at Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Imaging at Radnor.

We offer clinical cardiac examinations for noninvasive assessment of the heart and coronary arteries, including coronary angiography, and evaluation of myocardial perfusion, viability, contractility and heart valve function. We regularly perform cardiac exams to assess for anomalous pulmonary venous drainage, right ventricular dysplasia, constrictive pericarditis and aberrant or anomalous coronary arteries. We also assess pulmonary venous anatomy in patient's undergoing RF ablation.

We offer clinical vascular examinations for noninvasive evaluation of individuals with a wide range of vascular disorders. We regularly perform examinations to assess the thoracic and abdominal aorta in persons with aneurysms or dissection. Many of these patients have connective tissue disorders such as Marfan and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes. We also have a very large experience evaluating individuals with claudication and peripheral vascular disease as well as cases of secondary hypertension related to renal artery stenosis.

In addition to clinical applications of MR and CT, we are dedicated to the advancement of these techniques through research. Our active research programs include basic and clinical research projects related to technological innovations, as well as expanding and validating clinical applications; we are also active participants in ongoing clinical trials.