The Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Group develops translational cardiac and cardiovascular MRI techniques to improve clinical care.
Current research projects focus on: 1) characterizing several biomarkers to detect the cardiomyopathy associated with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; 2) developing MRI methods and a computational modeling framework to estimate changes in passive ventricular stiffness in patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF); and 3) developing MRI methods and a computational modeling framework to estimate changes in atrial fibrosis for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Our group is also very interested in further developing MRI methods that measure Flow, Motion, Diffusion and Perfusion with particular emphasis on clever approaches to optimal gradient waveform design. Overall goals are to improve measurement accuracy and precision and to reduce the image acquisition times for cardiac MRI exams. We also work on MRI safety, especially with regards to patients with implanted pacemakers and ICDs.
The CMR group is part of the Radiological Sciences Lab in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University and also the Radiology Department at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System.