Quantifying how the heart deforms during contraction, and understanding what that can tell us about patients with heart disease.
How efficiently the heart is pumping blood is one of the best known markers of heart health. With cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), there are many sophisticated ways of measuring this heart function in great detail. For example, DISI researchers specialize in displacement sensitive MRI, known as “DENSE”, which can quantitatively measure the motion of heart tissue with very high resolution. By collecting data from medical imaging, and linking these images to outcomes data from Geisinger’s EHR, they hope to learn how this detailed motion data can help physicians make better predictions of heart health.