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Rady Children's Specialists

Heart Institute

Interventional Cardiac MRI

Kanishka Ratnayaka, M.D., a recognized expert in pediatric/congenital interventional cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiac MRI, is working to create the first pediatric image-guided intervention center in the country for cardiac procedures. The center will leverage cutting-edge imaging technology such as real-time MRI, which has better visualization than X-rays and eliminates harmful radiation.

The 3-D real-time imaging enables radiation-free procedures to be conducted even as the heart beats. These procedures include better ways to fix holes in the heart and repair heart valves as well as novel procedures such as connecting blood vessels.