Published: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Golden Jubilee focus on heart innovation
Cardiologists from around the UK will today (Wednesday 20 March) attend the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR) Annual Meeting which will be held in Scotlandfor the first time.
Based at the Regional and National Heart and Lung Centre at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, 140 delegates will be involved in research and discussions on using heart imaging with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – an emerging new technology that provides excellent image quality and is safe since there is no x-ray radiation exposure.
Key speaker, Dr Andrew Arai, Chief of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary branch of the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, will be discussing MRI assessment of blood flow in the heart, which is relevant to the diagnosis and management of angina. Dr Arai will describe the recent ‘FAME’ research studies that have been a major focus in the Golden Jubilee in recent years.
Professor Colin Berry, the cardiology research lead for MRI at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, commented: “The ‘FAME’ trial places the emphasis on optimising patient care based on coronary pressure measurement rather than subjective visual assessment of the coronary angiogram. MRI has emerging potential for guiding treatment without the need for an invasive angiogram, which we believe could be beneficial to patients and cost saving to the NHS.”
“Research is crucial to the NHS. In Glasgow, we are leading research internationally on MRI especially in patients with recent heart attack, such as the FAMOUS study funded by the British Heart Foundation.
Mike Higgins, Medical Director of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital commented: “Hosting this meeting reflects our growing contribution with the UK and internationally to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
“As one of the UKs largest heart and lung centres, it is important that we continue to research and innovate in this field, leading to improvements in healthcare quality, better outcomes and care for patients.”
Photograph shows (from left): Professor Colin Berry, Dr Andrew Arai and BSCMR Chair Francisco Leyva.