Scientists Meet Scientists – TUM-IAS Wednesday Coffee Talk by Prof. René M. Botnar: “Latest technical advances in non-invasive cardiac imaging: The magic of X-rays, gamma rays and radio frequency waves”

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On 10 July 2024, Hans Fischer Senior Fellow Prof. René M. Botnar (King’s College London / Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) will talk about “Latest technical advances in non-invasive cardiac imaging: The magic of X-rays, gamma rays and radio frequency waves”.

Abstract: Recent advancements in non-invasive cardiac imaging have significantly enhanced the characterization of myocardial tissue and detection of high-risk plaques, revolutionizing the management of cardiovascular diseases. This talk highlights the latest developments in myocardial tissue characterization and high-risk plaque detection across various imaging modalities, including cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and molecular imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET). Cardiac MRI techniques such as T1 and T2 mapping and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) provide valuable insights into myocardial tissue composition, fibrosis, inflammation, and oedema, aiding in the diagnosis and risk stratification of cardiomyopathies and myocardial infarction. Advanced MRI sequences, including free-breathing whole heart MRI, offer non-invasive detection of high-risk coronary plaque or high-resolution assessment of cardiac anatomy in patients with congenital heart disease and metabolism. Computed tomography angiography (CTA) has emerged as a promising tool for high-risk plaque detection, leveraging advancements in coronary plaque imaging, including quantitative plaque analysis, plaque morphology assessment, and characterization of features associated with vulnerability, such as low attenuation, positive remodelling, fat attenuation, and spotty calcification. Moreover, molecular imaging techniques, such as positron emission tomography (PET) and molecular MRI, enable targeted imaging of molecular markers of inflammation, angiogenesis, and plaque vulnerability, facilitating early detection and risk assessment of high-risk plaques. These latest developments in non-invasive cardiac imaging hold great promise for personalized risk assessment, targeted therapy, and improved outcomes in patients with cardiovascular diseases by enabling accurate characterization of myocardial tissue and detection of high-risk plaques.

Date: July 10, 2024
Time: 13:00 CEST (until approx. 14:00)
Location: online

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