On March 23, 2023, an edition of the ReachHigher lecture series with Prof. Dr. med. Oliver Bruder took place at the UMFST-UMCH Campus in Hamburg. The Chief Physician of the Clinic for Cardiology and Angiology and Deputy Medical Director of the UMFST-UMCH Teaching Hospital Elisabeth Hospital Essen gave a lecture entitled “The Many Faces of the Myocardium – a MRI Journey”.
In the course of the event, after a brief historical outline, Dr. Bruder went into detail about the various diseases of the heart muscle and the diverse methods used to examine it. One of the most proven methods in this field, for example, is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which was developed in the 1970s and 1980s and is also capable of examining the heart since the end of the 1990s. It can be used to visualize all processes of the heart muscle, such as cardiac insufficiency or hypertrophy. Many diseases of the heart muscle can be congenital or develop in the course of life. Dr. Bruder is one of the leading researchers in this field. He is a member of numerous working groups and the driving force behind various initiatives to improve current examination and treatment methods in the field of cardiology. In this way, he has already been able to contribute to decisive advances. For example, while it used to be common practice to use invasive procedures first, today non-invasive procedures are preferred for the initial examination. These are not only less expensive, but also promise significantly greater safety.