Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Comprehensive Assessment of Cardiovascular Physiology: Imaging of Structure, Function and Blood Flow

The development of cardiovascular disease is associated with changes in structure, function and blood flow within a complex and highly interconnected system. Current diagnostic tools focus on individual elements of the cardiovascular system and/or relatively simple parameters which do not reflect the true underlying pathophysiology. A novel multi-modular and multi-parametric approach based on new and promising imaging techniques (MRI, CT, Echo) has the potential to substantially improve patient management. Different functional aspects of all components of the cardiovascular system need to be integrated into a single more complete method to derive new quantitative imaging biomarkers reflecting all parts affected by cardiovascular disease.

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Idea No. 1115