Development, Evaluation and Clinical Application of Dynamic Fetal Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Dr. Fabian Kording, PD Dr. med. Jin Yamamura and Dr. Erik Hedström
Faculty of Medicine / Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Co-applicant university: Lund University
Fetal cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging provides in-utero physiology information and diagnosis of complicated fetal cardiovascular disease. Fetal CMR is however not widely used as it is hampered by technical challenges, mainly the lack of a cardiac gating signal to synchronise the image acquisition to the cardiac cycle. An MR-compatible Doppler ultrasound device was developed at Hamburg University to overcome the lack of gating signals. Together with advanced CMR image processing from Lund University, it enables high-resolution cine images of fetal cardiovascular anatomy and function. The main aims of our collaboration are to further develop these solutions and to establish fetal CMR with high diagnostic accuracy for clinical application and for fetal cardiovascular physiology research.