In their January 26, 2010 edition, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has included a ‘Highlights of the Year in JACC 2009’ article contributed by their Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Anthony DeMaria. This article makes special mention of MRI research conducted at the Stephenson Cardiovascular MR Centre at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta.
MRIIn the field of MRI, considered by most imagers as the ultimate cardiovascular phenotyping modality, JACC published the most important breakthroughs regarding translational and clinical applications of cardiac MRI. The most important development in the field was the maturity and clinical translation of techniques based on T2 imaging to detect myocardial edema and thus characterize the total volume of myocardium at risk during coronary occlusion. The translation of these techniques to clinical cardiology has been pioneered in North America by groups working at University of Calgary (M.G. Friedrich and collaborators) and at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (A. Arai, A. Aletras, and collaborators). This year, the Calgary group published fundamental subclinical studies in JACC that establish the pathophysiologic time course of myocardial edema formation and its potential use as the earlier imaging markers of myocardial injury following coronary occlusion and ischemia. The paper is accompanied by a comprehensive editorial reviewing the state of the art of T2 imaging in cardiovascular research and medicine.
To read the full article listing JACC 2009 highlights, click here (requires JACC account)
Congratulations to the Stephenson CMR Team!
To read prior blog posts on the Stephenson Cardiovascular MR Centre, click here