Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI)
Dr Tzifa has specialized in the performance of cardiac MRIs in patients with congenital heart disease (adults, children and neonates). Cardiac MRIs in neonates and children under the age of 6 years are performed under general anaesthesia. MRI is a high-resolution imaging method without exposure to radiation (see attached photos). It has nowadays become a routine examination for the diagnosis and management planning of CHD, particularly necessary before catheterizations or heart operations. It has replaced, in a significant degree, diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures, because it provides anatomical, as well as functional heart information and the ability of 3D imaging, an important asset for complex congenital heart disease. In addition, cardiac MRI is a non-invasive method and is therefore preferred as a substitute of diagnostic catheterizations wherever possible.
Dr Tzifa in addition has been a world expert in the performance of hybrid diagnostic cardiac catheterizations in conjunction with MRI (XMR catheterisation). (link to AEPC paper)
This application is of particular importance for the estimation of pulmonary hypertension and the assessment of whether the patient is suitable for surgery or not (assessment of operability). Estimation of pulmonary hypertension by MRI imaging is the most accurate method as has previously been published in scientific publications (link to my 3 pubmed publications). Hybrid XMR catheterizations are also performed in other patient groups to accurately assess pulmonary vascular resistance (e.g. autoimmune diseases associated with pulmonary hypertension, haesidirosis, etc.)
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