Division of Cardiac Imaging
The Division of Cardiac Imaging, part of NYU Langone Health’s Department of Radiology, provides clinical noninvasive cardiac imaging services using state-of-the-art CT and MRI technologies. Our diverse team of radiologists and cardiologists tailors imaging protocols to each patient, and provides exemplary quality while minimizing imaging time, contrast doses, and radiation.
We use imaging techniques that enable multiplanar evaluation of the heart and great vessels, which helps us to assess a wide variety of cardiac abnormalities, anomalies, and congenital diseases. These include coronary artery disease, myocardial ischemia, infiltrative disorders, and structural abnormalities. We also provide preoperative and preprocedural assessment of coronary arteries, cardiac chambers, and great vessels.
Our renowned cardiac imaging faculty also train radiology residents and cardiothoracic imaging fellows, publish in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, and lecture at national meetings, including those of the North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging, the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and the Radiological Society of North America.
Cardiac Imaging Education
We offer residency and fellowship training opportunities in the latest cardiac imaging procedures. Through our affiliations with NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, physicians who train in our division gain experience across a wide spectrum of disease states in a variety of clinical settings.
All trainees attend weekly interdisciplinary meetings, including Cardiology Grand Rounds, cardiology and nuclear cardiology case conferences, and conferences on topics including echocardiography, combined congenital cardiology, and cardiothoracic surgery.
Cardiac Imaging Training for Residents
Participants in our radiology residencies are involved in all aspects of the cardiac imaging service, including protocoling exams; monitoring and adjusting exams as they occur; postprocessing and reporting cardiac and extra-cardiac findings; and communicating results to referring clinicians.
Under the supervision of an attending physician, residents alternate between cardiac CT and cardiac MRI services. On cardiac CT rotations, residents learn about cardiac and coronary artery anatomy, when to perform coronary CT angiography and pulmonary vein CT angiography exams, as well as techniques for advanced postprocessing evaluation of the coronary arteries and pulmonary veins.
On the cardiac MRI rotation, residents learn the basics of various cardiac MRI exams, including sequences for evaluating anatomy, function, tissue characterization, and late gadolinium enhancement, as well as flow quantification techniques. Residents also learn to use MR sequences to evaluate a wide array of cardiac conditions, such as myocardial ischemia and infarction (viability studies), infiltrative disease (sarcoidosis, amyloidosis), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), hemochromatosis, and the full spectrum of adult and pediatric congenital heart conditions.
Resident training includes learning how to use advanced postprocessing software on these MR sequences to quantify and report various aspects of the heart, such as right and left ventricular size and function, tissue characterization, and flow quantification in major arteries and veins of the chest. Because cardiac MRI exams often require real-time monitoring and adjusting of sequences and imaging planes, residents also assist technologists who perform these studies.
Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship
We offer a one-year Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship for radiologists who wish to refine their skills in cardiopulmonary imaging. The fellow acts as a mentor for resident cases and helps coordinate medical student and resident clinical research.
Cardiac Imaging Research
Our cardiac imaging research explores a range of topics, from the development of novel cardiac imaging techniques and image analysis methods to evaluating guidelines and best practices for radiologists and cardiologists. We regularly collaborate with investigators from the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology and the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Cardiac Imaging Clinical Services
As part of NYU Langone’s nationally renowned Department of Radiology, our division provides noninvasive cardiac imaging services, including CT scans and MRI scans, at NYU Langone Radiology—Tisch Hospital and at our outpatient imaging center, NYU Langone Radiology—32nd Street.
We use cardiac CT and MRI to provide high-quality cross-sectional images of the heart and great vessels to support the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program and the surgical and medical care of children born with congenital heart disease, as well as for patients with conditions that include coronary artery disease, infiltrative myocardial disease, ARVC, and right-sided valvular pathology.
Our equipment includes high-speed, high-resolution multidetector CT scanners, high-performance MRI systems, third-generation dual-source CT (DSCT) scanners, and high-field 3-Tesla (3T) and 7T MRI systems. DSCT scanners use two X-ray sources simultaneously, making them the fastest available CT scanners. They also feature improved temporal resolution and imaging acquisition at higher heart rates.
We have the ability to routinely perform prospectively gated imaging of the heart and to acquire high-pitch spiral imaging, which allows us to significantly reduce patient radiation doses during cardiac CT angiography. We are also able to provide higher-quality imaging for patients with obesity than was previously possible.
For questions about the Division of Cardiac Imaging in NYU Langone’s Department of Radiology, please contact Viviana Gonzalez, division administrator, at email@example.com or 646-501-2041.