Clinical and preclinical cardiac imaging

The working group’s main research interests are cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology especially of myocardial viability, perfusion and myocardial deformation. The work includes both non-invasive quantitative assessments using state-of-the art noninvasive imaging and imaging guided interventional cardiac magnetic resonance (iCMR) procedures in various pathologies. Conditions studied include ischemic heart disease, arrhythmia, systolic and diastolic heart failure, congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies. The work includes clinical and preclinical validation of novel imaging biomarkers, the assessment of their utility and clinical importance as well as the assessment of prognostic information with the ultimate aim to improve clinical decision–making, management and outcome.

selected scientific reviews

  1. Backhaus S, Stiermaier T, Lange T, Chiribiri A, Lamata P, Uhlig J, Kowallick JT, Raaz U, Villa A, Lotz J, Hasenfuß G, Thiele H, Eitel I, Schuster A (2018): Temporal Changes within Mechanical Dyssynchrony and Rotational Mechanics in Takotsubo Syndrome: A Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Int J Cardiol, in press.
     
  2. Eitel I, Stiermeier T, Lange T, Rommel KP, Koschalka A, Kowallick JT, Lotz J, Kutty S, Gutberlet M, Hasenfuß G, Thiele H, Schuster A (2018): Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Myocardial Feature Tracking for Optimized Prediction of Cardiovascular Events Following Myocardial Infarction. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging, Feb 9. pp: S1936-878X(17)31176-2.
     
  3. Steinmetz M, Usenbenz S, Kowallick JT, Hösch O, Staab W, Lange T, Kutty S, Lotz J, Hasenfuß G, Paul T, Schuster A (2017): Left ventricular synchrony, torsion, and recoil mechanics in Ebstein’s anomaly: insights from cardiovascular magnetic resonance. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson, Dec 14;19(1):101.
     
  4. Von Roeder M, Rommel KP, Kowallick JT, Blazek S, Besler C, Fengler K, Lotz J, Hasenfuß G, Lücke C, Gutberlet M, Schuler G, Schuster A, Lurz P (2017): The Influence of Left Atrial Function on Exercise Capacity and Left Ventricular Function in Patients with Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging, 10(4):e005467
     
  5. Kowallick JT, Silva-Vieira M, Kutty S, Lotz J, Hasenfuss G, Chiribiri A, Schuster A (2017): Left atrial performance in the course of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: Relation to left ventricular hypertrophy and fibrosis. Invest Radiol, 52(3):177-185.
     
  6. Schuster A, Sinclair M, Zarinabad N, Ishida M, van den Wijngaard JP, Paul M, van Horssen P, Hussain ST, Perera D, Schaeffter T, Spaan JA, Siebes M, Nagel E, Chiribiri A (2015): A quantitative high resolution voxel-wise assessment of myocardial blood flow from contrast-enhanced first-pass magnetic resonance perfusion imaging: microsphere validation in a magnetic resonance compatible free beating explanted pig heart model. Eur Heart J Cardiovasc Imaging, Oct;16(10):1082-92.
     
  7. Kowallick JT, Kutty S, Edelmann F, Chiribiri A, Villa A, Steinmetz M, Sohns JM, Staab W, Bettencourt N, Unterberg-Buchwald C, Hasenfuss G, Lotz J, Schuster A (2014): Quantification of left atrial strain and strain rate using Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance myocardial feature tracking: a feasibility study. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson, 16:60

scientific reviews

  1. Schuster A, Hor KN, Kowallick JT, Beerbaum P, Kutty S (2016): Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Myocardial Feature Tracking: Concepts and Clinical Applications. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging, 9:e004077.
     
  2. Schuster A, Morton G, Chiribiri A, Perera D, Vanoverschelde JL, Nagel E (2012): Imaging in the management of ischemic cardiomyopathy: special focus on magnetic resonance. J Am Coll Cardiol. Jan 24;59(4):359-70.
Contact
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dr. Andreas Schuster
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Schuster, PhD MBA
Head of Working Group
Abteilung:
WG Clinical and preclinical cardiac imaging
Phone:
0551-39-66315
E-Mail:
andreas.schuster@med.uni-goettingen.de
Dr. Johannes Kowallick
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Johannes T. Kowallick
Deputy Head of Working Group
Phone:
0551-39-8965
E-Mail:
johannes.kowallick@med.uni-goettingen.de
Sören Backhaus
Dr. med. Sören J. Backhaus
Research Fellow
Phone:
0551-39-66315
E-Mail:
soeren.backhaus@med.uni-goettingen.de

Clinical Trial Support

Marcus Billig
Marcus Billing
Research Assistant

MD Students

Sophie Alt
Sophie C. Alt
MD Student
Gertz
Roman J. Gertz
MD Student and Research Associate
Koschalka
Alexander Koschalka
MD Student
Torben Lange
Torben Lange
MD Student and Research Associate
Georg Metschies
Georg Metschies
MD Student
Navarra
Jenny-Lou Navarra
MD Student
Stahnke
Vera C. Stahnke
MD Student
Alina Stulle
Alina Stulle
MD Student
Usenbenz
Simon Usenbenz
MD Student

Previous Students

Marike Broder
Dr. med. Marike Broder
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