MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Dr. Mushabbar Syed has been named director of Cardiovascular Imaging at Loyola University Health System.
Loyola offers cardiovascular patients state-of-the-art echocardiography and nuclear imaging, along with newer imaging technologies including CT and MRI scans. Loyola is buying a 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner dedicated to cardiovascular imaging, in addition to its current 3 Tesla MRI scanner. Loyola also is hiring a PhD physicist/scientist who will support the use of MRI scans in patient care and research.
The Cardiovascular Imaging program will conduct clinical trials and train residents. Next year, Loyola will become one of the few centers in the country to offer an advanced fellowship in cardiovascular imaging.
"New imaging modalities provide higher diagnostic value than traditional imaging, with the hope of better clinical outcomes," Syed said. Syed is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and Department of Radiology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Syed was recruited to Loyola from the University of Kentucky College Of Medicine in Lexington, where he was an associate professor of medicine and director of Cardiovascular CT and MR Imaging. He received training in advanced cardiovascular imaging at the National Institutes of Health and also served as director of Cardiac Imaging at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Cardiologists have long used echocardiograms and nuclear cardiac scans to diagnose and treat heart conditions. In recent years, cardiologists also have begun using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scans.
MRI and CT scans produce 3-D images of the heart that have much higher resolutions than echocardiograms. MRIs can be used to, for example, help plan an ablation procedure to treat an irregular heartbeat, determine what is causing a patient's heart failure or quantify the amount of muscle damaged in a heart attack. CT scans can confirm or rule out coronary artery blockages in low- and moderate-risk patients, Syed said.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.