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George T. Kondos, MD., Division Chief

Clinical Programs


Afshin Farzaneh-Far,  MD, PhD

Director, Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Program

To schedule a CMR procedure:

Please call 312-413-4900 or 877-456-8462 or fax 312-996-8154

Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Program

The CMR program at the University of Illinois was started in 2010 as an initiative of the Division of Cardiology and has rapidly grown to be one of the highest volume clinical programs in the region receiving referrals from throughout the Chicago-land area.

The very latest Philips and GE 1.5 and 3 Tesla scanners produce images of superb quality and resolution, providing a detailed assessment of the anatomy and function of the heart.

We have developed particular expertise and experience in CMR stress testing which provides the most accurate non-invasive assessment of the severity of coronary artery disease available as well as its impact on heart muscle function.

The clinical CMR service is complemented by a productive clinical research program as well as a training program for Cardiology fellows.

CMR procedures performed include the following:

Ischemic Evaluation with MRI Stress Testing

Evaluation of Heart Failure Etiology

Viability Assessment

Evaluation of Cardiomyopathy & Infiltrative Diseases

Valvular Disease Assessment

Quantification of LV & RV Size and Function

Evaluation for Suspected Myocarditis

Thrombus Imaging

Evaluation for ARVC

Assessment of Tumors/Masses

Evaluation for Pericardial Diseases

Shunt Evaluations

Evaluation of Adult Congenital Heart Diseases

Atrial & Pulmonary Vein imaging for Ablation Procedures

Aortic & Vascular Imaging