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Research focus:  

Institut für Röntgendiagnostik
Josef-Schneider-Str.2, 97080 Würzburg

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Research foci (and basic equipment-based research projects):
Magnetic resonance tomography offers the unique possibility to image the
whole body non-invasively and without the use of ionizing radiation. Not
only anatomy or morphology can be imaged, but also angiographies and
metabolic imaging can be performed. Aim of the project is to enable a
non-invasive examination technique of all vessels including the coronary
arteries. In the field of cardiac imaging, examination of myocardial
function, perfusion and infarction is under further development.
Furthermore, examination of cardiac energy metabolism by phosphorus
spectroscopy and of cellular homeostasis by sodium imaging are under
investigation. The entire project is divided into three parts:
(1) MR Angiography - Methodological Development and Clinical Evaluation,
(2) Assessment of myocardial viability by MR-spectroscopic imaging,
(3) Magnetic resonance study of anatomy, function, and perfusion of the
human heart.

MR angiography of peripheral as well as of thoracic or abdominal vessels
is established in clinical routine and can replace diagnostic radiographic
angiography. Non-invasive imaging of the coronary arteries was also
improved, but the results are not sufficient yet for a valid examination
of the coronary arteries. Cardiac MRI allows for evaluation of function,
perfusion, and viability within one examination. Metabolic imaging by
phosphorus spectroscopy and sodium imaging was established in humans and
is currently used in clinical studies.