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Three-dimensional (3-D) Imaging Laboratory

General Information


The three-dimensional (3-D) Imaging Laboratory was founded in 1996 under the Interventional Section, Cardiology Division, Department of Medicine. The goal of the 3D-IL is to develop, implement, and validate various computer-assisted utilities based on different medical imaging techniques to facilitate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the cardiac catheterization laboratories.

Research and Applications
a) On-line 3-D image-guidance and rapid heart prototyping to facilitate medical simulation and to assist coronary and structural heart disease interventions.




b) Multi-modality fusion (CT, X-ray, and Ultrasound) and advanced quantitative analysis for
pre-procedural planning and post-procedure surveillance to improve patient care.


c) Kinetic and deformation analyses on vascular arteries, cardiac structures and implanted
devices to evaluate outcome efficacy and device performance.




Key Personnel and Collaborating Physicians

John D. Carroll, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Professor of Medicine

Director, Interventional Cardiology

Medical Director, Cardiac and Vas. Center

University of Colorado Hospital


John C. Messenger, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Associate Professor of Medicine

Director, Adult Cardiac Catheterization Lab

University of Colorado Hospital

Ivan Casserly, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Assistant Professor of Medicine

University of Colorado Hospital


Joel A.  Garcia, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI, FCCP

Director, Catheterization Laboratory 

Director, Interventional Services

Denver Health Medical Center


S. James Chen, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Director, 3D Imaging Lab

Anschutz Medical Campus

Adam R. Hansgen, BS

Senior Research Assistant

3D Imaging Lab

Anschutz Medical Campus