Keynote presentation: Imaging science and cardiology -- the heart of a good partnership
Imaging has developed into an essential part of the management of patients with cardiovascular disease. Application of new and innovative imaging applications continues to move this field forward both for better diagnosis and characterization of patients to plan treatments, and in using imaging to guide therapy to get the optimal outcomes. The advances in this area require the close collaboration between the biomedical engineers, physicists and computer scientists who are developing the algorithms and tools, and clinicians who identify the clinical challenges and translate the tools to improve patient care. This presentation illustrates in three examples how this close partnership has been effective in work over the last 10 years, for patients with congestive heart failure, heart rhythm abnormalities and congenital heart disease. It also sets out some of the challenges that will be important to address in the next 10 years where imaging can continue to have major impact in improving the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.
Reza Razavi heads the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at King's College London and is an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Cardiology at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is also Director of the KCL Medical Engineering Centre of Excellence funded by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC.
Prof. Razavi leads the Imaging and Biomedical Engineering clinical academic group at King's Health Partners, an academic health sciences center which delivers health care to patients and undertakes health-related science and research.
The main focus of his research is cardiac MRI, particularly in relation to congenital heart disease, XMR- (X-ray and MRI) guided cardiac catheterization and methodological advances to move to faster 3-D cardiac imaging. His research group at KCL was the first to perform MRI-guided cardiac catheterization in patients and to use XMR in radio-frequency ablation of arrhythmias as well as catheter-guided interventions in congenital heart disease.