Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI) is a state-of-the-art, non-invasive imaging technique. It allows not only accurate visualization of the heart muscle, but also detection of circulatory disturbances (ischemia), as well as tissue characterization (muscle vs. fibrosis, etc.) and visualization of blood flow in the vessels.
All examinations do not involve the use of X-rays, which makes MRI a gentle method.
The department, together with the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering of the ETH and University of Zurich, has state-of-the-art MR equipment (1.5 Tesla and 3.0 Tesla). In addition, there is a close cooperation with the Children’s Hospital Zurich for the examination of adults with congenital heart defects. In 2020, over 2000 cardiac MRI examinations were performed.
To further improve MRI technologies, the University Heart Center works closely with the internationally renowned Institute of Biomedical Engineering of the ETH and University of Zurich. In the process, more than 20 publications were published in high-ranking scientific journals last year.