The aim of our research is to improve and to develop imaging strategies for the large area of cardiovascular diseases. The special focus of our group lies on 4D Flow MRI and myocardial parametric imaging (T1- / T2-mapping). In addition, we work on improving CT imaging of coronary stents using novel reconstruction algorithms.
The Department of Radiology currently operates 8 Philips MRI systems and 4 Philips CT systems.
As part of our research projects, we are looking for healthy subjects agreeing to volunteer for an examination.
Hans und Gertie Fischer-Stiftung Gusyk-Stelle (University of Cologne)
Quantiﬁcation of ﬂow and turbulent kinetic energy in the heart and thoracic vessels in patients before and after TAVI / Mitraclip using 4D Flow MRI.
4D Flow MRI and vorticity-mapping in patients with diastolic dysfunction, pulmonary hypertension and aortic insuffciency.
Systematic evaluation of different cardiac T2-mapping sequences at 1.5 and 3.0T.
Diagnostic implications of T2-mapping and feature tracking-based strain analysis in acute myocarditis.
Use of native T1- and T2-mapping, speckle tracking and feature tracking for detecting cardiotoxic side effects of chemotherapy. Iterative model reconstructions for coronary artery stent imaging with computed tomography.
Heermann P, Hedderich DM, Paul M, Schülke C, Kroeger J, Baeßler B, Wichter T, Maintz D, Waltenberger J, Heindel W, Bunck AC. Biventricular myocardial strain analysis in patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) using cardiovascular magnetic resonance feature tracking. Journal of cardiovascular magnetic resonance. 2014;16:75
AC Bunck, A Jüttner, JR Kröger, MC Burg, H Kugel, T Niederstadt, K Tiemann, B Schnackenburg, GR Crelier, W Heindel, D Maintz. 4D phase contrast ﬂow imaging for in-stent ﬂow visualization and assessment of stent patency in peripheral vascular stents--a phantom study. Eur J Radiol, 81(9), 2012
AC Bunck, JR Kröger, A Juettner, A Brentrup, B Fiedler, GR Crelier, BA Martin, W Heindel, D Maintz, W Schwindt, T Niederstadt. Magnetic resonance 4D ﬂow analysis of cerebrospinal ﬂuid dynamics in Chiari I malformation with and without syringomyelia. Eur Radiol. 22(9), 2012
AC Bunck, JR Kröger, A Juettner, A Brentrup, B Fiedler, B Schaarschmidt, GR Crelier, W Schwindt, W Heindel, T Niederstadt, D Maintz. Magnetic resonance 4D ﬂow characteristics of cerebrospinal ﬂuid at the craniocervical junction and the cervical spinal canal. Eur Radiol. 21(8), 2011
AC Bunck, MA Engelen, B Schnackenburg, J Furkert, C Bremer, W Heindel, J Stypmann, D Maintz.
Invest Radiol. 44(12), 2009