In the HFpEF-stress-DZHK17 study, the scientists led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Schuster (UMG) were able to show that diastolic heart failure can be precisely diagnosed with the help of a new non-invasive real-time MRI technology and thus a cardiac catheter examination can possibly be avoided in the future. Photo: umg/Matthias Seehase

Alternative to cardiac catheter examination

Diastolic heart failure can be reliably detected with the help of a newly developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, shows a study by the Göttingen partner site of the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK). Until now, this was only possible with an invasive cardiac catheter examination, which is very stressful for patients.
Prof. Dr. Martin Uecker, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Medical Center Göttingen and MBExC member, as well as Dr. Shuo Zhang and Prof. Dr. Jens Frahm from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen developed the new MRI technology. It allows MRI measurements to be taken on the heart under stress.

Link to the UMG press release (in German)