The Blackrock Clinic Centre for Cardiac MRI opens with Ireland’s First Dedicated Cardiac scanner
13th Feb 2012
Life saving service can detect more silent heart problems than any other scan
Ireland’s first dedicated Cardiac MRI scanner launches today. This is a crucial piece of equipment in the context of a growing heart failure epidemic in the Western World.
Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMR) allows cardiologists to see the heart in more detail than any other imaging format available. This facilitates non-invasive investigation that can more accurately identify those individuals in need of coronary angiography, coronary stenting or bypass operations.
Images are of such high quality the scan can dramatically change the optimum course of treatment for patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure.
Vitally, Cardiac MRI imaging can screen for silent evidence of inherited heart conditions especially those responsible for the death of one to two sportsmen every week in Ireland.
The Blackrock Centre for Cardiac MRI is spearheaded by Clinical Director and Consultant Cardiologist Dr Rory O’Hanlon. The facility was launched today by the ‘father’ of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Dudley Pennell, along with other international leaders in the CMR field.
Professor Pennell will speak about the use of genetic mapping in conjunction with Cardiac MRI which can identify previously undiagnosed or misdiagnosed congenital conditions and then screen immediate family to identify the condition across, and down, the generations. Dr Pennell’s paper on this will appear very soon in the New England Journal of Medicine.
“As our population ages there are a greater number of people living with heart failure,” said Dr O’Hanlon. “Cardiac MRI allows us to accurately and non-invasively define the causes of heart failure while allowing us to use the best possible treatment strategies such as defibrillator therapies and specialised forms of pacemakers,” he added.
“Having an MRI dedicated to cardiac investigation means that at Blackrock Clinic we have the most concentrated expertise and experience in Ireland in this field,” said Bryan Harty, Chief Executive, Blackrock-Clinic.
“The scanner will be dedicated to the imaging of cardiac patients which far outstrips the productivity of other Irish hospitals in the cardiac area. Such productivity measurably delivers more skill, proficiency, judgement and command of scan-reading,” he concluded.