Diagnosoft unveiled its newest software solution this week, the Diagnosoft SENC (strain encoding), which is a new MRI analysis technique that will help physicians measure regional contraction or relaxation of the heart’s myocardium.

Like Diagnosoft’s other two software products, Diagnosoft SENC enables quantification of data to improve diagnosis and guide monitoring and treatment of coronary artery disease.

Developed by Dr. Nael Osman, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, SENC is now a proprietary product of Diagnosoft.

"Diagnosoft SENC provides an objective way to assess regional variations in muscle contraction due to ischemia, myocardial infarction, or other causes,” according to Osman, co-founder of Diagnosoft. “Moreover, Diagnosoft SENC produces maps of regional function with high spatial resolution at a level of quality sufficient even for the thin wall of the right ventricle. As a result, the technique can reveal small regional anomalies in contractility within the wall."

Most cardiac MRI procedures require patients to hold their breath. However, SENC images can be acquired in a fraction of a second, mapping regional function with unprecedented speed, so it can be used in combination with tests and maneuvers that allow patients to breathe normally.

That means SENC is suitable for stress testing of cardiac function as well as other diagnostic tests.