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Cardiac MRI Seminars

Hygeia Hospital

Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is a novel diagnostic technique in cardiology. CMR has been clinically used since the last decade and has quickly broadened its applications over a broad spectrum of diseases.

At HYGEIA Hospital, the department of research and development of Cardiac MR was developed in July 2002. The department uses a two 1.5 Tesla MR scanners (Philips Intera and Achieva) with up to date software that can support all cardiac examinations. The examinations are stored in a PACS system, from which they can be readily retrieved upon request. Clinical examinations are performed on a daily basis for clinical indications and during the period from 2002 up to now, more than 275500 examinations have been completed. The clinical experience from the first 1000 cases has been published in the medical press. The HYGEIA Cardiac MR Center actively participates in clinical research protocols and has developed scientific collaborations with recognized institutions in Greece and abroad.


Educational seminars are been offered annually at HYGEIA. These programs target Cardiologists or Radiologists who have interest and seek training in CMR. One to three trainees will participate in each program. Selection will be on a first-come first-served basis until all available positions are covered. The maximal numbered of trainees will be strictly enforced.

During this period there will be daily lectures on cardiac MR, observation of the regular clinical examinations performed at the department, demonstration of didactic cases and discussion, voluntary involvement with research protocols and interaction and discussion with the training staff.

The trainee’s will receive a syllabus with educational material and a certificate of participation. The language of the seminar will be English (or Greek if only Greeks participate).

Educational goals:

The understanding of 

  1. The basic physics principles of MR imaging
  2. The basic imaging sequenses
  3. How to organize a CMR examination
  4. The finding at various disease entities
  5. The clinical utility of CMR
  6. The advantages and challenges of CMR compared to other modalities of cardiac imaging.

Scientific head of the course:

Peter G. Danias, MD, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts
Head of Department, Cardiac MR Center

Contact information:

Cardiac MRI Department

Tel.: +30 210 686-7660 ; +30 210 686-7000 (Hospital Operator)

Fax: +30 (210) 682-1931

E-mail: CardiacMRI@hygeia.gr