Siemens supplies new London cardiovascular MR center

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Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, has opened its new Centre for Cardiovascular MR with two Magnetom Avanto MRI scanners and an interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory from Siemens Medical Solutions.

Andrew Taylor, MD, and Professors John Deanfield and Philipp Bonhoeffer developed the new center, in conjunction with Siemens over the last four years. The construction of the facility was partly funded by the British Heart Foundation.

The design of the center will allow two different examinations, angiography and MRI, to be carried out one immediately after the other, said Taylor.

Bonhoeffer, an interventional catheterization specialist for patients with congenital and valvar heart disease, will conduct research and clinical application into non-invasive heart surgery using advanced catheterization techniques.