February 20, 2007 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Cardiac MRI Detects and Diagnoses Heart Disease More Accurately

Live Webcast: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: February 20, 2007 at 5:00 PM EST (22:00 UTC)

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 20, 2007 -- Join W. Gregory Hundley, M.D. from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for a live webcast of a Cardiac MRI. This device allows for detection and diagnoses of heart disease quicker and more accurately. The webcast can be viewed live on

The Cardiovascular Imaging Center combines the expertise of Wake Forest Baptist cardiologists and radiologists to detect and diagnose heart disease more accurately with faster scans that provide clearer images of the heart. The center's pediatric and adult imaging modalities include Cardiac MRI, 64-slice cardiac CT angiography, 3-D echocardiography, contrast, transesophageal and stress echo, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging, Computed Tomography (CT) imaging, and Nuclear imaging.

Wake Forest Baptist is one of the first 15 sites nationwide approved to use MRI as a diagnostic tool for heart disease. The new approach -- developed here -- provides a non-invasive alternative for people who cannot have ultrasound.

The results of research by a team led by Heart Center cardiologist W. Gregory Hundley, M.D., received international attention when released in circulation. By speeding up the MRI scanner and creating new software, Medical Center researchers have made it possible for physicians to see heart movement within seconds after it happens -- compared to an average of five minutes to see images previously.

The software analysis system is particularly useful in emergencies due to its rapid real time capabilities. This unique tool enables physicians to perform a real-time evaluation of a patient's cardiac system by taking a large volume of raw cardiac magnetic resonance images and transforming them into meaningful and actionable diagnostic information.

The discovery was an important step in making MRI a screening and diagnostic tool for heart disease. Currently, ultrasound is the most common non-invasive test for detecting heart disease. However, approximately 10 to 20 percent of people cannot have the ultrasound test because they are obese or have health conditions like emphysema that interfere with getting a clear image of the heart.

MRI is also used to perform a stress test on patients not able to exert themselves at the rate necessary to perform a test. Because MRI can evaluate many parts of the body, the test could be useful for patients with multiple symptoms. For example, a patient could be tested for disease in the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral vascular system at one time.

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