SmartHeart: Developing next-generation cardiovascular imaging techniques for improved diagnosis
SmartHeart is an EPSRC-funded research programme that brings together researchers from Imperial College London, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and University of Oxford to develop new approaches how cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are diagnosed with Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging. We are aiming to develop an intelligent MR scanner that enables fast, efficient and effective diagnostic imaging. This will be achieved by combining advances in how MR images are acquired, reconstructed and analysed with advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). This will enable the comprehensive diagnostic assessment and interpretation of the patient’s cardiovascular health/disease, enabling optimal treatment decisions for best patient outcome.
SmartHeart researchers have been developing an approach to include cardiac magnetic resonance fingerprinting (cMRF) into a 3‐point Dixon‐cMRF approach to enable simultaneous water specific T1, T2, and M0 mapping of the heart and fat fraction (FF) estimation in a single breath‐hold scan. Jaubert et al. 2019