The new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust has been opened by Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Director General of Research and Development at the Department of Health. The BRU is a joint initiative with academic partner Imperial College London to research the most challenging heart conditions including cardiomyopathy, arrhythmia coronary heart disease and heart failure. It features a MAGNETOM® Skyra 3Tesla MRI and an Artis Zee™ system from Siemens Healthcare.
The Cardiovascular BRU, a Cardiac Regeneration Unit, will research new treatments for the heart using genes, stem cells, tissue engineering and devices. A significant part of the research will be the establishment of cardiovascular genetics research working in close synergy with advanced cardiac imaging. The MAGNETOM Skyra MRI provides highly detailed diagnostic imaging allowing researchers to conduct cardiovascular and angiography scans. The unit intends to use the Siemens imaging technologies to diagnose patients more accurately and monitor changes occurring in the heart.
The MAGNETOM Skyra MRI will enable the facility to diagnose patients more accurately and monitor any changes occurring in the heart. In an interconnected room, a ceiling mounted Artis Zee system will give real-time interventional imaging for cardiology procedures. Using the Skyra MRI detachable table, patients can be moved between rooms for in-depth procedures to aid treatment and recovery times.
Professor Dudley Pennell, Director of the Cardiovascular BRU, Professor of Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London and Consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital said, “It has been a privilege leading the development of the cardiovascular BRU at the Trust. Through the NIHR, we have created state-of-the-art facilities to advance our research into many life-threatening and debilitating conditions. We hope to use this work to provide better treatment options and create a better understanding of heart disease. This will offer patients a much better quality of life.”
“The Biomedical Research Unit is an innovative centre looking at new ways to diagnose and treat conditions that have traditionally created a huge burden on healthcare,” commented Gary Cook, Regional Sales Manager at Siemens Healthcare. “With the installation of the MAGNETOM Skyra and the Artis Zee into the unit, highly detailed images will allow further investigations and earlier treatment of cardiovascular diseases and conditions.”