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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 cardiovascular-related studies.

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 Medical Systems.

"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.