Professor David Firmin, Principal Investigator
Professor Firmin’s research in the CMR unit concentrates on the development of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance techniques with improved accuracy, reproducibility and speed. The studies include a large range of methods including the measurement of blood flow and myocardial perfusion, myocardial tissue characterisation and the measurement of both global and regional cardiac function. Another important area of study is on the development of methods for assessing and characterising the vessel wall and its function.
The studies are guided by clinical requirements and the biggest challenge is the problem of motion which comes in various forms. The research is strongly linked with other basic science groups within Imperial College where collaborative studies have already provided considerable measurement enhancement and promised much more in the future.