Department of Multimodality Cardiac Imaging @ Policlinico San Donato

The Operative Unit Multimodality Cardiac Imaging is devoted to the use of cardiac imaging in the clinical and research field.
The two main branches of the Unit are cardiac Magnetic Resonance and Cardiac Computed Tomography.
A continuous informal and enthusiastic interaction among the Operators take place allowing the continuous mixing of different backgrounds (4 adult Cardiologists, 2 pediatric Cardiologists, 4 Radiologists, 2 Engineers, dedicated Technicians and Nurses, Students) to overcome the clinical neediness covering the whole spectrum of cardiac pathologies. 
Beside the clinical activity, research projects that extends from bench to bedside targets are developed  and leading to an average of 10 peer reviewed papers per year driven on site and or in cooperation with other national and international Centers. 

Our excellence in numbers


exams in light or deep anesthesia per year


patients scanned every year


stress MR


complex congenital cases


pre and post TAVI procedures


exams in anesthetized patients

Notable advanced technological equipment

  • Dedicated 1.5T CMR scanner
  • Dedicated dual Source CT scanner                  
  • 12 dedicated post processing workstations

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Meet our team

Head physicians

Massimo Lombardi

Massimo Lombardi

Pietro Spagnolo

Pietro Spagnolo

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Policlinico San Donato

The Policlinico San Donato Research Hospital is the largest and most renowned Italian center specialized in the field of cardiovascular treatments. The hospital is accredited by the Italian National Health Service (SSN) and is home to the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery, in collaboration with the Università degli Studi di Milano.

Founded in 1969 and extending over 50,000 square meters in the south-eastern part of Milan, the multi-specialty healthcare institution is a leader in Italy and among best centers in Europe as for the amount as well as for the complexity of performed cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology procedures in children (>1,000 procedures per year) and adult patients (>1,000 surgical interventions and 6,000 interventional cardiology procedures). The San Donato’s Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology Unit delivers one of the highest numbers of cardiac ablations in the world (>1,400 per year). San Donato has a research center aimed at studying of the heart and blood vessels in adults and children and searching of new prevention and treatment methods that has been recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care (IRCCS).

San Donato is a pioneer of international cooperation and a founder of charity missions for the treatment of children with congenital heart diseases that are run in collaboration with the association “Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo”. Thanks to this project more than 3,000 children all over the world have received their treatment.

Since 2019, Policlinico San Donato has become home to the National Institute for Obesity Cure (INCO), a national reference center with a multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of obesity. Thanks to the INCO, dietary, psycho-behavioral and surgical treatments are carried out together with the most innovative video-assisted laparoscopic and mini-invasive techniques.