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Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre

The Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta is a diagnostic facility dedicated exclusively to Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR).

The Centre was envisioned and initiated by Dr. Neil Filipchuk, Director of Nuclear Cardiology at the Department of Cardiac Sciences of the University of Calgary and the Calgary Health Region--now Alberta Health Services.

Ken Stephenson, a Calgary businessman and philanthropist, contributed with a generous donation and also by raising additional funds. The Centre opened to the public on March 16, 2005. As part of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, the centre provides clinical service and research to the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services. Within the recent years, it has become one of the largest CMR programs in the world.

Husky Energy makes a $1 million donation to the Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre  (Ucalgary, Dec 3, 2007)

The centre supports a wide range of basic and clinical research. Research opportunities exist in both non-invasive vascular imaging and cardiac perfusion research.

Clinical Service

The Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre offers clinical CMR applications in:

  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathies including arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia
  • Myocarditis
  • Cardiac masses
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Congenital heart disease

Research Areas

The team has a strong interest in characterizing diseased myocardial tissue and currently has a focus in the following areas:

  • Visualization of myocardial inflammation
  • Visualization of tissue edema in acute myocardial injury
  • Visualization of tissue oxygenation in myocardial ischemia

Director: Dr. James White

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