New thesis on diagnostic precision and sex differences in cardiovascular magnetic resonance

Published 2018-04-11 10:12. Updated 2018-04-11 10:13Denna sida på svenska

Jannike Nickander from the research group Clinical Physiology will defend her thesis "Diagnostic precision and sex differences in quantitative cardiovascular magnetic resonance" on April 13th, 2018. Main Supervisor is Martin Ugander.

Jannike Nickander

What's the main focus of your thesis?

The main focus of my thesis is diagnostic precision and sex differences in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). CMR has emerged as an important tool in diagnostic cardiology with the aim to identify the cause of the patient’s cardiac problems. By increased precision, the correct diagnosis will be made in more patients. 

Which are the most important results?

We have shown that there are sex differences in several of the techniques used in clinical CMR scans, which may affect diagnostic precision. By processing the CMR scans following acquisition it is possible to reduce sex differences and increase diagnostic precision.

How can this new knowledge contribute to the improvement of people’s health?

By increased diagnostic precision it may be possible to identify disease in an earlier stage, and thereby also start treatment earlier. Being aware of and reducing sex differences may make it easier to make the correct diagnosis.

What are your future ambitions?

I am currently doing a research medical internship (Forskar-AT) at Karolinska University Hospital. This means that I have time to continue my research while I am doing my clinical rotations to become a licensed physician in Sweden. My future ambition is to continue my career as a clinical researcher and medical doctor, because I find diagnostic cardiology so exciting. CMR is developing really fast, and therefore it is important to evaluate the diagnostic precision of all the newly developed techniques. In 10 years I hope to have finished residency and hopefully demonstrated CMR diagnostic abilities in clinical trials.

Dissertation

Friday April 13th, 2018 at 09:00, Skandiasalen Q3:01, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna

Thesis

Diagnostic precision and sex differences in quantitative cardiovascular magnetic resonance

Cardiovascular DiseasesRadiology