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UI to host symposium on cardiovascular imaging Sept. 25-26
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host a symposium on the
latest advances in cardiovascular imaging Sept. 25-26 at the Iowa Memorial
Union on the UI campus.
The symposium will feature presentations, discussion and instruction
on advanced cardiovascular imaging issues, and current work being done
by researchers in radiology, cardiology, biomedical engineering, image
and signal processing, and related disciplines. Researchers will present
updates on technology and developments in the field of heart imaging and
Some of the topics to be covered include cardiovascular magnetic resonance
imaging (CVMRI), three-dimensional echocardiography, intravascular ultrasound
and positron emission tomography (PET) use in cardiovascular imaging.
The UI Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) currently is one of only 13 medical
centers worldwide using the CVMRI technology. The system produces real-time
images of the human body such as a patient's beating heart
that have the clarity of anatomy textbook illustrations. UI heart specialists
are helping evaluate the CVMRI system, which was developed by General Electric
"The University of Iowa has a well-established reputation in the
field of cardiac imaging, and UI researchers continue to pursue the latest
and far-ranging imaging resources and technologies," said Michael
Vannier, M.D., UI professor and head of radiology. "This meeting will
allow us and our colleagues from around the country the opportunity to
share ideas and to discuss advances in this field." Vannier is co-chair
of the symposium, along with K.B. Chandran, D.Sc., UI professor of biomedical
engineering, and Richard Kerber, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine.
The symposium is open to practicing physicians who diagnose and treat
cardiovascular diseases, medical residents, biomedical engineers and others
who seek to understand current issues in cardiovascular imaging.
The symposium is partially supported by a Whitaker Foundation Special
Opportunities Grant to the UI department of biomedical engineering.
For registration or more information, contact the UI Center for Conferences
and Institutes at (319) 335-3231.