Special Issue on Functional Imaging of the Heart

Bin He and Boudewijn Lelieveldt
Guest Editors

Cardiovascular diseases represent a significant threat to public health. Of importance is to detect cardiovascular disorders in an early stage and to better guide intervention. Cardiac imaging has played an important role in both basic cardiovascular research and clinical cardiology. Of particular interest is the recent development in functional imaging of the heart. Innovative imaging methods have been developed to image the functional status of the heart from magnetic resonance, electrical, mechanical, acoustic, and optical measurements among others. These functional imaging techniques have shown great promises to reveal the underlying mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases and offer potential means of aiding clinical diagnosis and management of cardiac disorders.

This Special Issue will highlight new approaches to the exciting field of cardiac functional imaging, including new functional imaging modalities, new analysis techniques to derive functional information from existing measurement systems, and novel approaches for validation and clinical applications of cardiac functional imaging. Original submissions in areas including, but not limited to, the following topics, are invited:

Novel functional cardiac imaging modalities

Electrophysiological cardiac imaging

Model-based functional imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy

PET imaging of cardiac function

Novel contrast mechanisms

Analysis methods for rest-stress studies

Strain and strain-rate imaging

Fusion of information on coronary, global and regional function

Imaging and quantification of cardiac dyssynchrony

Quantitative assessment of valve function

Computer-aided diagnosis of cardiac pathologies

Quantification of changes in longitudinal cardiac imaging studies



Clinical applications involving novel imaging techniques


The IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging seeks high-quality original research papers for this Special Issue. Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically through the IEEE Manuscript Central Office (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tmi-ieee) following the TMI Instructions for Authors and indicating in the Author Comments to the Editor-in-chief that the manuscript be considered for the special issue on Functional Imaging of the Heart. Authors intending to submit articles are encouraged to discuss their submissions with the Guest Editors to determine suitability for this Special Issue.


Guest Editors:

Bin He, PhD 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

University Minnesota

7-105 NHH

312 Church Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455


Phone:   +1 612 626 1115

e-mail: binhe@umn.edu 


Boudewijn Lelieveldt, PhD

Division of Image Processing

Department of Radiology, 1-C2S

Leiden University Medical Center

P.O. Box 9600

2300 RC Leiden

The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)71 526 1117

e-mail: B.Lelieveldt@lumc.nl




Submission of manuscripts: 1st  January 2008

Acceptance/rejection notification: 1st  April 2008

Revised manuscripts due: 1st June 2008

Publication Special Issue: October 2008