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Introducing the cardiac atlas

The cardiac atlas is a complete Labelled MRI image set of a normal patient's heart acquired with the Auckland MRI research group's Siemens Avanto scanner. The atlas aims to provide University and School students, MR technologists, clinicians and patients a tool for learning about the heart's anatomy while becoming familiar with MRI, an important and growing tool in Cardiology.

The Atlas's images have been acquired in the standard image planes of axial, coronal and sagittal to the cardiac specific planes of long and short axes, additionally images have been taken of the right ventricular outflow tract and of the aortic arch. The user is able to zoom/pan adjust the brightness and contrast of the image as they track the labelled features through the slice. For first time and return users we suggest reading the atlas guide which explains how the atlas works.

A new feature has also been added to the Auckland Cardiac Atlas. Movies or Cines of the heart have the ability to investigate Cardiac motion through the heart cycle. We have acquired Short and Long axis true-FISP cines of the heart, and in addition acquired Tagging and Phase contrast Cines. These images are allow us to investigate the complex motion of the heart and to investigate blood flow. These Movies can be found in the Cardiac Cine Player.

Part of the Cardiac Atlas interface.

Navigate the anatomical features of the heart

Zoom and pan as you track features of the heart through the Image stack in the cardiac atlas.

Part of the Cardiac Cine Player Interface.

Study the motion and blood flow of the heart

Investigate heart motion and blood flow in the body through out the cardiac cycle

Diagram demonstrating the MRI scanning planes.

Learn about the atlas

Learn how the atlas was created? What are the different image planes?

Symbolic representation of the MRI process.

What is MRI?

What makes MRI so different? How do you get from a simple atom to an Image? MRI is it safe?

Representation of an Electrocardiogram output.

Patient demographics

What is normal? Learn about the patient's general statistics and cardiac history.