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Allegheny General Hospital Streamlines Testing for Liver Transplant Patients with Advanced Cardiac MRI
Date:11/15/2013

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 15, 2013

Researchers at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) propose a new “one-stop shop” approach to preoperative testing for liver transplant patients that could greatly streamline the assessment process by substituting one magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study for a multitude of other tests.

The results of a two year proof of concept clinical trial conducted by a multidisciplinary team of physicians at AGH will be published today in the medical journal Transplantation.

The AGH study documents the feasibility of performing comprehensive, efficient and safe preoperative cardiac MRI for patients with end stage liver disease who are candidates for transplantation.

Cardiac MRI is a non-invasive diagnostic test that acquires high-resolution and high-fidelity films of the beating heart and displays these results in near-real time and often in 3D. Radiation is not used and injected dyes are typically not required for many indications in cardiac MRI. A cardiac MRI stress test option is now also available and the same technology can be used to acquire detailed imaging of abdomen, including the liver and vascular structures.

Standard preoperative testing for liver transplant has typically involved individual cardiac, vascular and abdominal imaging tests, including echocardiography, nuclear stress tests, and angiography.

“The separate tests in the standard work up can be logistically cumbersome as well as expensive,” said [Robert Biederman, MD, Director of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Allegheny General. “We wante
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