Head: A. Prof Andrew Taylor [Bio]

The Department of Cardiovascular Medicine is recognised nationally as a centre of excellence in clinical cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging, and has a strong record in clinical CMR research.  Our team has developed novel CMR techniques for the characterisation of cardiac fibrosis, and evaluated the relationship between cardiac fibrosis and cardiovascular disease.

Through novel CMR T1 mapping techniques, our group was the first in the world to non-invasively assess diffuse myocardial fibrosis with CMR imaging.  This has led to the widespread international uptake of CMR T1 mapping as an investigational tool in a wide variety of cardiac disease.  Follow up studies by our group have utilised CMR T1 mapping to investigate the mechanism of adverse cardiac remodeling that may occur following myocardial infarction, or as a consequence of cardiac arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation.  Ongoing studies will extend these findings into understanding the mechanisms by which diffuse myocardial fibrosis contribute to cardiac stiffness, which is a hallmark of many forms of cardiomyopathy.

We have also applied conventional CMR techniques that identify regional myocardial fibrosis to identify patients with heart failure who are at high risk of future life threatening cardiac arrhythmia, in whom the need for prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) may be most critical.

For research output please see publications list by year.

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