July 14, 2005
A new state of the art research scanner has made it's way to the UVA Medical Center. The $2 million MRI machine will aid doctors researching cardiovascular disease. Doctors hope the machine will better help them diagnose and treat research patients experiencing chest pains or heart failure.
The MRI uses parallel imaging, which allows information to be taken from different areas at the same time. That makes it faster than other machines. Doctors hope it will shed more light on conditions like heart failure.
"This allows us to do research studies with patients during working hours and allows us to really push the field," said director of cardiac MRI at UVA, Dr. Christopher Kramer.
The new machine is believed to be the only MRI dedicated to cardiovascular research in Virginia.