The Stephenson Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Centre at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta is Canada’s leading cardiac magnetic resonance facility and rated among the top five in the world. It’s here that director Dr. Matthias Friedrich pores over MRIs of patients’ hearts, carefully evaluating data collected from the images of heart muscle and tissue.
Helping the physician and researcher is a software program he started working on in Berlin. It was developed in Calgary and already is making waves in Europe and the United States as a diagnostic tool that is saving lives — and dollars.
The breakthrough technology is called CMR42, a takeoff of science fiction author Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in which the answer to life — as calculated by a supercomputer — is 42.
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