Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging


Einar Hopp<br>Group leader
Einar Hopp
Group leader
Expanding possibilities

The diagnostic possibilities using non-invasive modalities of radiology and nuclear medicine are continuously expanding.

  • CT offers detection of coronary artery disease with calcified or non-calcified plaques, and possibilities of functional imaging are emerging. Its role in the support of other invasive procedures such as TAVI is growing.
  • In addition to established nuclear medicine imaging procedures for cardiac function, scar imaging and ischemia detection, PET-CT may provide information on myocardial metabolism, inflammation, oxygen demand and perfusion.
  • MRI visualizes global and regional myocardial function and presence of edema, infarction, inflammation, replacement fibrosis and iron deposition. A new MR imaging technique with T1 and extracellular volume measurement may represent improved detection of diffuse myocardial fibrosis.


  • Early detection of myocardial dysfunction in patients with aortic regurgitation
  • MR imaging in myocardial infarction after post-conditioning therapy
  • MDCT imaging in the evaluation of coronary arteries in heart transplanted patients
  • Myocardial function in arterial switch-operated patients with transposition of the great arteries
  • MR detection of diffuse myocardial fibrosis in patients with aortic valve stenosis
  • Heart and lung disease in survivors after allogenic stem cell transplantation
  • MRI and PET-CT assessment in candidates for cardiac resynchronisation therapy

Contact information:

Einar Hopp, PhD, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, PO Box 4950 Nydalen
NO-0424 Oslo, Norway, Mobile: +47 922 99 629, E-mail: