Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute




p.f.ferreira05 CV




Sydney StreetRoyal Brompton Campus





I am a Senior Physicist based at the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance unit, Royal Brompton Hospital. I have a background in Physics and Mathematics, a PhD in MRI Physics (Imperial College :: London), and an extensive experience in MRI research.

Since 2012, I have been working closely with a team of physicists and clinicians in diffusion tensor cardiovascular magnetic resonance (DT-CMR). It is a novel technique for the investigation of the 3-dimensional microstructure of the heart in-vivo. We aim to improve the understanding of how the healthy heart functions as well as how microstructural dysfunction contributes to disease.

I am focused on creating specialised tools to perform data analysis, image processing, and data visualisation, with a recent interest in finding solutions with AI.

Left ventricle tractography


We developed and validated a fully automated postprocessing framework for in vivo diffusion tensor cardiac magnetic resonance (DT-CMR) data powered by deep learning semantic segmentation (TensorFlow):

  • U-Net architecture
  • Proposed fully automated post-processing pipeline

We published in vivo studies showing that secondary directions of diffusion align with the laminar organisation of cardiomyocytes in the heart, and that cardiomyopathy hearts present impaired mobility:

sheetlet rotation

 Previous academic education:

  • 2005 - 2009: PhD in Myocardial Perfusion Imaging with MR, Imperial College, London, UK.
  • 2004 - 2005: MSc in Medical Engineering and Physics, King’s College, University of London, UK.
  • 1998 - 2004: First Degree in Physics / Applied Mathematics (Astrophysics), Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal.



Ferreira PF, Martin RR, Scott AD, et al., 2020, Automating in vivo cardiac diffusion tensor postprocessing with deep learning-based segmentation, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Vol:84, ISSN:0740-3194, Pages:2801-2814

Le B, Ferreira P, Merchant S, et al., 2020, Microarchitecture of the hearts in term andformer-pretermlambs using diffusion tensor imaging, Anatomical Record-advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, ISSN:1932-8486

Nielles-Vallespin S, Scott A, Ferreira P, et al., 2020, Cardiac Diffusion: Technique and Practical Applications, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Vol:52, ISSN:1053-1807, Pages:348-368

Khalique Z, Ferreira P, Scott A, et al., 2020, Diffusion tensor cardiovascular magnetic resonance: a clinical perspective, Jacc: Cardiovascular Imaging, Vol:13, ISSN:1936-878X, Pages:1235-1255

Khalique Z, Ferreira PF, Scott AD, et al., 2020, Diffusion tensor cardiovascular magnetic resonance in cardiac amyloidosis, Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, Vol:13, ISSN:1941-9651

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