MRlogo_AccreditedFacility_200 The Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Facility provides Level 1 training for all Cardiology Fellows. Level 2 training is available for Fellows enrolled in the 3-year clinical track; Level 3 training requires additional subspecialty training. The MRI Center is part of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Imaging.


Steven Lloyd, MD, PhD, Co-Director
Himanshu Gupta, MD, Co-Director


UAB Cardiovascular MRI Facility
Boshell Diabetes Education & Research Building, D101
1808 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0012


Clinical Services

Planning, performing and analyzing detailed imaging procedures for diagnostic purposes, including:

  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)

Training - Level 1

Basic instruction in MRI physics and the interpretation of CMR imaging studies using various imaging modalities

Image Formation
  • k-space
  • gradient echocardiography
  • spin echocardiography
  • echoplanar imaging
  • spirals
  • fast spin echocardiography
  • three-dimensional echocardiography

Specialized Imaging Sequences
  • flow & motion
  • phase imaging
  • time of flight,
  • contrast agents
  • tagging

Hardware Components
  • The elements of:
  • gradient coil design
  • receiver coils
  • digital sampling

Training - Level 2

Specialized Areas of Instruction
  • sensitivity
  • specificity
  • accuracy
  • utility
  • costs
  • disadvantages of all of the techniques

Techniques Taught
  • Imaging of structure and tissue characterization
  • T1, T2, spin echocardiography
  • gradient echocardiography
  • fat suppression
  • Imaging of function (cine and tagged cine magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Volumetric imaging (cine magnetic resonance imaging) of
  • mass
  • volumes
  • ejection fraction
  • Flow imaging (velocity encoded techniques)
  • First-pass perfusion and delayed contrast-enhancement imaging (gadolinium-enhanced techniques)
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (vascular and coronary)
  • Basic magnetic resonance, clinically applicable spectroscopy methods, including
  • pulse & acquire
  • DRESS (depth-resolved surface coil spectroscopy)
  • ISIS (image selected in-vivo spectroscopy)
  • CSI (chemical shift imaging)
  • CMR image analysis


  • Making a core lab facility available for large single or multi-center trials that utilize cardiovascular MRI.
  • Providing support to investigators across the campus that want to utilize MRI technology.




  • Philips 3T system with an advanced cardiovascular imaging package including free-breathing navigator techniques
  • GE 1.5T system with Advantage workstation



  • Perfusion pumps, hemodynamic measurement devices
  • Head coil
  • Chest/ cardiac coil
  • fMRI capability
  • Exercise ergometer (MRI compatible)
  • ECG machine
  • Cardiology has access to a number of other imaging tools such as cardiac cath labs, EP suites, echocardiographic machines, Nuclear scanners.

  • Cardiac Analysis Packages and workstations (Pie MRV, Flow; Mass Medis; Philips cardiac workstation-beta testing)
  • Osirix Viewer
  • Software developed in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Denney, Auburn University for the in-depth analysis of cardiac strains