Alan Moody MBBS, FRCP, FRCR
Senior Scientist, Physical Sciences, Schulich Heart Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Staff Physician, Medical Imaging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Chair and Professor, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Institute of Medical Science, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has rapidly established itself as a major imaging technique for the visualization of vascular diseases. In particular, magnetic resonance direct thrombus imaging (MRDTI) provides a closer, more in-depth look into occluded arteries, providing information never seen before, and has the potential of changing the standard of imaging everywhere. This new MRI technique aims at early diagnosis and intervention to prevent strokes and heart attacks by detecting vulnerable plaques in arteries of patients who are asymptomatic.
Dr. Moody and his team are interested in developing and incorporating such imaging techniques in a comprehensive effort to identify and stabilize vulnerable plaques in one integrated procedure. Applications of MRDTI in the coronary, renal arteries and aorta are also underway.
The following areas are also under investigation using MRDTI: Ischemia; treatment of occlusive vascular disease; atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary and neurovascular circulations; deep venous thromboses; and diagnostic utility in endometriosis.