Leon Axel, MD, PhD

  • Specialty: Cardiac Imaging
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-5230


  • Professor, Department of Radiology
  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Radiology - Diagnostic Radiology, 1980
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, University of California - San Francisco, CT Ultrasound, 1981
  • Residency, University of California - San Francisco, Diagnostic Radiology, 1980
  • MD from University Of Ca San Francisco, 1976
  • PhD from Princeton University, 1971

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NYU Radiology Associates

301 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003


Phone: 212-263-5230

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My Research


Cardiac MRI, including MR image acquisition and image analysis methods development and applications to studies of cardiac physiology and pathophysiology

Heart disease, particularly related to ischemia and infarction, remains the principal cause of morbidity and death in the Western World. MRI and CT have the potential of playing significant roles in the evaluation of the heart, both for research and clinical applications.

The Cardiac Imaging and Analysis Laboratory (CARDIAL), under the direction of Leon Axel, is a multidisciplinary group dedicated to the development and evaluation of new cardiac imaging methods, particularly those involving quantitative characterization of such physiologic aspects as function and perfusion. This includes development of novel MRI cardiac imaging methods such as tagged MRI for regional cardiac function analysis and rapid quantitative imaging for perfusion studies, and associated programs for image analysis, as well as research on their basic and clinical applications.


  • Accelerated MRI for the assessment of cardiac function

    Axel, Leon; Otazo, Ricardo Axel, Leon; Otazo, Ricardo
    British journal of radiology. 2016 Apr 21. 89 (1063): 20150655-20150655

  • Right ventricular undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma: A case report

    Beller, J P; Maddalo, S; Zamuco, R; Axel, L; DeAnda, A; Balsam, L B Beller, J P; Maddalo, S; Zamuco, R; Axel, L; DeAnda, A; Balsam, L B
    Journal of cardiology cases. 2016 February 01, 2016. 13 (2): 60-62

  • Quantitative Perfusion Analysis of First-Pass Contrast Enhancement Kinetics: Application to MRI of Myocardial Perfusion in Coronary Artery Disease

    Chung, Sohae; Shah, Binita; Storey, Pippa; Iqbal, Sohah; Slater, James; Axel, Leon Chung, Sohae; Shah, Binita; Storey, Pippa; Iqbal, Sohah; Slater, James; Axel, Leon
    PLoS one. 2016 Sep 1. 11 (9): e0162067-e0162067 e0162067

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