New study: Assessing Idiopathic Lung Fibrosis with MR Imaging 1st March 2016

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a lung disease with no known cure, in spite of recent antifibrotic treatment advances. Lung magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has shown early promise as a tool in helping to understand microstructural, functional and haemodynamic facets of this complex pathology. A new longitudinal MRI study is being carried out by Dr Nick Weatherley and Dr Stephen Bianchi from the STH Respiratory Directorate in collaboration with the University of Sheffield’s Academic Department of Radiology.
Participants will receive their usual care but will also be asked to undertake lung function tests and a series of lung imaging scans at the MRI facility in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. The data obtained from the study will be used to assess the potential of MR Imaging to help understand the progression of lung structure-function changes of IPF and predict outcomes, with the ultimate aim of improving the care and treatment for patients. For further information please contact Nick at