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Cardiovascular Imaging

The cardiovascular (CV) imaging experts within the Department of Radiology serve patients by providing world-class, non-invasive cardiac and vascular imaging utilizing state-of-the-art CT and MRI techniques. All imaging studies are interpreted by fellowship-trained cardiovascular radiologists in collaboration with cardiologists with advanced training in cardiac MRI and CT. The CV section is internationally recognized for our clinical expertise and research in image acquisition and evaluation of the heart, coronary arteries, aorta and peripheral vasculature.


The CV imaging section strives to create an efficient and safe imaging experience, which will ultimately contribute to meaningful improvements in the cardiovascular health of our patients.”

James Carr, MD
Chair, Department of Radiology
Drs. Frederick John Bradd and William Kennedy Memorial Professor of Radiology
Professor of Radiology, McCormick School of Engineering and General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the Deparmtnet of Medicine

James Carr, MD

What We Do

 Patient Care

The CV Imaging section works very closely with referring providers in the outpatient, inpatient and emergency department settings to ensure that optimal cardiovascular imaging procedures are being used to address the specific clinical questions for which imaging is being performed. In coordination with our CT and MRI technologists and nurses, we assess each individual patient’s current and past medical history to make sure all imaging procedures will be performed as safely and effectively as possible.


The section takes pride in our educational opportunities for all levels of trainees. We offer one-year fellowships in cardiovascular imaging for radiologists and advanced imaging training for cardiologists. In combination with other sections in the Department of Radiology, we support fellowship opportunities in cardiothoracic imaging and MRI. We provide three months of cardiovascular imaging training for residents in the Department of Radiology with the opportunity for an additional mini-fellowship in the R4 year. All clinical fellows and residents receive one-on-one, case-based teaching throughout their rotations, and their education is supplemented by frequent case-based and didactic teaching conferences. 


The Cardiovascular Imaging team is driven by the aim to provide new insights into the structure and function of neurovascular and cardiovascular diseases, as well as to improve diagnosis and therapy planning by developing novel and innovative imaging techniques using MR and CT. 

This section works closely with the Northwestern University Cardiovascular Imaging Research Group and collaborators within Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Vascular Surgery to contribute to a wide breadth of clinical and translational cardiovascular imaging research projects. Examples of areas of interest of faculty within the section include cardiac structure and function assessment with MRI, 4D flow MRI evaluation of the heart and aorta, MRI evaluation of cardiac transplant rejection and chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity, CT and MR angiography and MRI acceleration techniques.

Contact Us

Cardiovascular Imaging

676 N. St. Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611 (Map it)

Phone: 312-695-4074

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