Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Senior Lecturer in Physics of CMR







Guy Scadding BuildingRoyal Brompton Campus





Sonia Nielles-Vallespin is a Senior Lecturer of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance physics at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. With over 17 years experience in MRI research, Dr Nielles-Vallespin has worked in academia, industry, and government research settings, in Germany, United Kingdom and USA.


Her research interests lie in CMR, specifically in vivo Diffusion Tensor CMR (DT-CMR) to study the microstructural dynamics of cardiac contraction. In vivo DT-CMR offers huge potential for technical innovation and it may provide novel insights into microstructural abnormalities of regional cardiac function inaccessible by any currently available clinical test.


Dr Nielles-Vallespin has served on many scientific program committees and is currently the Chair of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Cardiac Working Group. She regularly lectures at the ISMRM and the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) meetings.


Dr Nielles-Vallespin is active in postgraduate teaching and supervision at Imperial and teaches regularly at international conferences.



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

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, ISSN:0740-3194

Stoeck CT, Scott AD, Ferreira PF, et al., 2020, Motion-induced signal loss in In vivo cardiac diffusion-weighted imaging, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Vol:51, ISSN:1053-1807, Pages:319-320

Xue H, Brown LAE, Nielles-Vallespin S, et al., 2019, Automatic in-line quantitative myocardial perfusion mapping: Processing algorithm and implementation, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Vol:83, ISSN:0740-3194, Pages:712-730

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