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Cardiovascular & Thoracic Imaging

The cardiovascular and thoracic 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.

 Bradley Allen

My research and clinical interests include medical imaging, cardiovascular disease diagnosis and treatment, lung cancer, fluid mechanics, and computer science. As a cardiothoracic radiologist, I am interested in applying advanced imaging techniques, primarily cardiovascular and pulmonary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in diseases, cohorts, and clinical scenarios where these techniques have not been previously applied. For further details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

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 Ryan Avery

For more information on my research, please visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page or my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

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 James Carr

I am Chair of the Department of Radiology at Northwestern University. I am also the Knight family Professor of Cardiac Imaging and professor of Radiology, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

My research has focused on the development and clinical evaluation of techniques for cardiac and vascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as well as Cardiac and Coronary CT angiography. I have over 220 peer-reviewed publications in cardiovascular MRI and CT.

I am currently co-principal investigator on a NIH funded study assessing heart transplant patients with MRI. I have been PI and co-investigator on several other NIH funded and industry sponsored grants, all on the topics of cardiovascular MRI and CT. Specifically, I have been the primary site investigator for several multicenter studies (i.e. MESA, CARDIA, MASALA, MACS, REPRIEVE studies) using CT coronary calcium scoring and coronary CT angiography to measure prevalence of coronary disease in certain at risk populations. I have worked and published extensively on developmental and clinically translatable work related to 4D flow MRI and CT angiography. For details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

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 Mohammed Elbaz

My expertise intersects between computer science, medical imaging and applied fluid dynamics. I have 12+ years of experience in medical image analysis research and development in both academia and industry. Recently, I have been focusing my research on cardiovascular hemodynamics, where I employ my technical background in medical image analysis, cardiovascular 4D flow MRI and fluid dynamics to develop methods to improve diagnosis and treatment of heart disease using the state-of-the-art 4D Flow MRI technology. In particular,I have developed methods to utilize 4D Flow MRI for advanced visualization and quantification of 3D time-resolved intra-cardiac blood flow patterns and energetics. For further details, visit my lab's website or the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

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 Laleh Golestani Rad

I am an engineer and scientist with expertise in the application of computational electromagnetic techniques for the safety assessment of medical imaging and therapeutic devices. My work currently focuses on application of computational modeling to guide hardware design, safety assessments, and the optimization of imaging protocols for MRI scans in patients with conductive implants.

For more information on my research, please view my McCormick School of Engineering or my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profiles.

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 Daniel Kim

I am the Director of CV Imaging at the Center for Translational Imaging. My research focuses on development of rapid MRI acquisition and reconstruction methods to address unmet needs in cardiovascular medicine. Our lab focuses on breaking new grounds in cardiovascular MRI by developing innovative pulse sequences and reconstruction methods to address unmet clinical needs in cardiovascular medicine. Building upon active collaboration with radiology and cardiology colleagues, our research activities span from imaging technology development to clinical translation in cardiovascular medicine.

Currently, ongoing projects include:

  1. Role of diffuse LV fibrosis in patients with atrial fibrillation
  2. Real-time CMR for diagnosing CAD
  3. Rapid pediatric CMR without requiring contrast agent or anesthesia
  4. Advanced CMR assessment of left atrial hemodynamic disorders in atrial fibrillation
  5. Wideband CMR for predicting pre-implant right heart failure in LVAD candidates
  6. Wideband CMR for imaging patients with ICDs

For details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

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 Kai Lin

I have a broad background in quantitative cardiovascular imaging, with specific training and expertise in coronary artery MRI. My research is focusing of identify subclinical coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients suffering type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). In addition, I am also interested in evaluating regional myocardial changes in patients with various clinical or subclinical cardiovascular diseases. Recently, I am developing research projects for evaluating cardiovascular responses in treating cancers, immunological and neurodegenerative disorders, such as breast cancer, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD).​ For details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

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 Michael Markl

I am currently the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Radiology. I have established a strong interdisciplinary research consortium. My research has had a major impact on the diagnosis and management of heart disease and stroke including 1) development of novel imaging techniques for the assessment of cardiac structure, function and hemodynamics, and 2) discovery of mechanisms underlying cardiovascular diseases development and cryptogenic stroke (aortic hemodynamics as a mechanism in the development of BAV aortopathy; retrograde embolization from aortic plaques and left atrial flow dynamics in atrial fibrillation as risk factors for stroke). I am internationally recognized as the pioneer of 4D flow MRI and work in this area has advanced the understanding of cardiovascular disease processes as well as enhanced patient care. I have created a highly successful and inseminating training environment in MRI technique development and translational imaging research. For details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

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 Susanne Schnell

My current work focuses on intracranial 4D Flow MRI: The brain vasculature is a complex flow network with a large range of velocities and patient anatomy, and interest in quantitative brain imaging biomarkers is growing. 4D Flow is used in a variety of neurovascular applications to quantify the impact of disease on local hemodynamics and flow distributions throughout the whole brain. Running projects concentrate on healthy cohorts as well as intracranial arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and vein of galen aneurysmal malformation, intracranial aneurysm patients as well as intracranial atherosclerosis. For details and images, visit the Intracranial 4D Flow website and the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

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