An international research team at the University of Virginia University Hospital (UVA Health) has developed an artificial intelligence technology to improve heart imaging.
The Virtual Native Enhancement (VNE) approach aims to replace traditional cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR), which requires contrast injections.
The researchers combined T1-maps of heart tissue created by magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) with enhanced MRI imaging, overlaying the two types of images to yield VNE.
The technology would allow more frequent and faster heart imaging and would be beneficial to patients allergic to the contrast agent injected for CRM and patients with severe kidney failure.
Said UVA Health's Dr. Christopher Kramer, "Being able to identify scar [tissue] in the heart, an important contributor to progression to heart failure and sudden cardiac death, without contrast, would be highly significant. CMR scans would be done without contrast, saving cost and any risk, albeit low, from the contrast agent."
From The Jerusalem Post (Israel)
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