Two key goals drive the research program in cardiovascular imaging: the desire to develop noninvasive vascular imaging (CT angiography and MR angiography), and the need to optimize cardiovascular imaging. Prof. Christian Loewe heads the cardiovascular imaging group that, in collaboration with the Technical University, is looking into aortic motion and the impact of that motion on treatment, particularly in the presence of many stents, or Type A and B dissections. “Our state-of-the-art vascular imaging is helping us to optimize our imaging protocols, working with cardiac surgeons, and we believe that optimized imaging results in the optimum treatment for patients,” he said.
Another area of research is cardiac CT. As part of the dissemination of new techniques and the education of other researchers and clinicians, the cardiovascular group, composed of two staff radiologists, two residents, two fellows, and two medical students, is involved in the European fellowship program (organised by the European School of Radiology - ESOR) and train other colleagues in cardiac CT. This cardiovascular imaging group is responsible for one of the main cardiac reference centers in Europe.