We are very glad to announce that the German Research Foundation approved funding for our joint proposal with the Heart Center in Leipzig (Prof. Gutberlet, PD. Grothoff) and the Biometry department in Magdeburg (Prof. Kropf). The 2-year project serves as extension of our research on the visualization and analysis of cardiac blood flow measured with 4D phase-contrast MRI.
In a larger collective of patients and healthy volunteers we want to obtain an improved understanding where the boundary between physiological blood flow variations and pathologies is. The project also comprises the acquisition of patient follow-ups. Their evaluation shall help to better comprehend the evolution of the examined diseases: Bicuspid aortic valves, with a prevalence of 1-2% the most common aortic valve malformation, and tetralogy of Fallot, the most common inherited cyanotic heart disease.