The MRI of the heart: more than a diagnostic tool

Friday 8 September 2023, 12:30 pm
PhD student
J.L. Vos
prof. dr. R. Nijveldt, prof. dr. S.R.B. Heymans
dr. S. El Messaoudi

The focus of this thesis is strain analysis on the MRI of the heart. The MRI plays an increasingly important role in diagnosing heart diseases. It can also measure the function of the heart, which is very important for patients, as this greatly influences the severity of the disease and hence prognosis. Strain analysis is a promising technique measuring the contraction of heart muscle, provides a new perspective on heart function assessment. This thesis substantiates the utility of strain analysis across various chapters. Strain analysis was a robust predictor of prognosis in diverse heart conditions, ranging from pulmonary hypertension and myocarditis to systemic sclerosis and dilated cardiomyopathy. The strain analysis can provide a better risk assessment and thus enable earlier intervention, to enhance patient care.

Jacqueline Vos graduated from Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen. Her doctoral thesis titled 'CMR in Nonischemic Cardiomyopathies: Beyond Diagnosis' was guided by Prof. Dr. R. Nijveldt, Prof. Dr. Dr. S. Heymans, and Dr. S. El Messaoudi. She is currently pursuing her specialization in cardiology and is actively working at Rijnstate Hospital.