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The avic suite Martin Phelps

The Oxford Acute Vascular Imaging Centre (AVIC) at the John Radcliffe Hospital is an internationally unique facility dedicated to clinical research in acute coronary syndromes (heart attack and unstable angina), stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA), traumatic brain injury and vascular disorders.

AVIC is positioned adjacent to the Emergency Department and the Heart Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital and is a purpose-designed clinical research centre embedded in an NHS-hospital environment. At its core is a fully-equipped interventional angiography suite, functionally conjoined to a 3T MRI scanner by a mechanised rapid transfer system. The centre contains a 'high-dependency' bay with facilities for full medical support including anaesthesia.

AVIC is led by Clinical Director Professor Robin Choudhury and is part of the Oxford Cognitive Health Clinical Research Facility.

We aim to combine extensive local expertise with an emergency imaging capability to develop a programme of applied research that will improve assessment and diagnosis of patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), stroke/ TIA, traumatic brain injury and vascular disorders and facilitate the development of new treatments. It should be possible to gain mechanistic insights, refine diagnostic approaches and evaluate new interventions in a much shorter time than previously achieved.

AVIC was initially built and established through grants from the Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Department of Health, Wolfson Institute, Dunhill Medical Trust, Foundation Leducq, University of Oxford and Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds. Current projects are supported by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, BHF and ORH Charitable Funds.