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Ever wanted to look into someone else's heart? With Pint of Science teaming up with the British Heart Foundation you can do just that. We will be digging deep (not literally) to look at the latest in heart imaging technologies and how this amazing work can help all sorts of heart conditions.
The Art and Science of Diffusing Spins
Dr. Irvin Teh (Research Fellow at University of Leeds)
The first observation of Brownian motion dates back to 1827, when the botanist Robert Brown observed jostling of pollen grains in water. Take a step through time to learn about seminal discoveries leading to the development of diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a non-invasive technique that probes this phenomenon. Find out how diffusion MRI is providing unique and new information on the microstructure of the heart, and see how exciting developments are enabling imaging of micrometre-scale diffusion in the beating heart.
The wonders of cardiac MRI: the present, the future and beyond
Dr. Erica Dall Armellina (Research Fellow at University of Leeds)
The invention of MRI has transformed the lives of millions of people over the last decades, however only recently has it become possible to capture a beating heart. Cardiac MR is widely used in the world to diagnose cardiac disease and address treatments using sophisticated technology to obtain 3D images of the heart that are unlike any other imaging. In recent years the developments have been extraordinary: techniques to investigate the function of of the heart, the composition and structure of tissue, the coronaries, and the blood flow allow for a level of detail never achieved before.