Dr Christian Hamilton Craig, Cardiac Imaging Cardiologist | About DrCHC
Specialist in Diagnostic Cardiology, Cardiac CT Angiography, Cardiac MRI, Stress Echocardiography and Risk Assessment, clinics at Queensland Cardiology, University of Queensland.
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Assoc.Professor Christian Hamilton-Craig graduated in medicine from the University of Adelaide, and completed his Honours thesis at Trinity College, Cambridge UK,  on the topic of cardiac risk assessment. After training in Internal Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, he completed cardiology training at Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane.

 

He was the inaugural Queensland International Fellowship Scholar in 2009, working at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome Italy.  In 2009-10 he was the inaugural Washington-Queensland Transpacific Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle USA, where he remains affiliate Assistant Professor of Radiology.

 

During his time at the University of Washington, he was trained in Adult Congenital Heart Disease, working with Dr Karen Stout (ACHD chief author of ACC guidelines), and Prof Catherine Otto (authority in echocardiography and ACHD).  He continues to collaborate with UW as well as the Adult Congenital Heart Service at the University of Sydney (Prof David Celermajer and Dr Raj Puranik).

 

He returned to Queensland to complete his PhD in Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging, and is currently employed as a Senior Staff Specialist at the Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, with a primary academic appointment at the University of Queensland School of Medicine & Centre for Advanced Imaging, with affiliate/conjoint positions at the University of Washington Seattle (USA) , and the Griffith University School of Medicine (Gold Coast).

 

He has performed over 60 invited talks on cardiac imaging and clinical cardiology, and more than 100 scientific abstract presentations, over 50 published papers, and has published 2 textbooks. He is an Executive member of the CSANZ Guidelines Committee for Calcium Scoring Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging and Chair of the ANZCMR Guidelines Committee for Cardiovascular MRI.

 

He is Chair of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography Committee in  Australia-New Zealand; the President of the Australia New Zealand Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (ANZCMR, a working group of the SCMR); and Foundation Chair of Cardiac Imaging Australasia, a not-for-profit dedicated international symposium for education in cardiac imaging (www.cardiacimaging.org.au).

 

His interests include the application of imaging technology to clinical practice, advanced cardiac risk assessment, indigenous health, and cardiac imaging education in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

He is the Director of Cardiac Diagnostics Queensland

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3D echocardiography
3D Echocardiography

Echocardiography: performed and supervised by experts in echocardiography for LF function, RV function, Valvular function, Diastolic function.  The latest in 3-Dimensional transthoracic echo for cardiac volumes and function, Speckle Tracking Strain deformation imaging for myocardial function, 3-Dimensional TransOesophageal (3DTOE) imaging for mitral regurgitation and structural heart disease, and TOE imaging for procedural planning and intra-operative imaging, and Micropshere Contrast Echocardiographyfor left ventricular opacification, Doppler augmentation and myocardial perfusion imaging.

Stress Echocardiography
Stress Echocardiography

Stress Echocardiography is the most referred diagnostic test for cardiac chest pain, due to its high accuracy, non-invasive nature, and lack of ionizing radiation.  Stress Echocardiography involves exercising on a treadmill (or dobutamine infusion for those who cannot exercise) followed by high-resolution echocardiographic imaging of the beating heart.

Dr Hamilton-Craig performs stress echocardiography at The Prince Charles Hospital, Queensland Cardiology and CitiScan Radiology clinics.

Bulk-billing available for health-care card, pensioners, or on request

Cardiac CT Angiography
Cardiac CT Angiography

Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA) and Coronary Calcium Scoring are non-invasive state-of-the-art tests for the evaluation of coronary artery disease.

Coronary Calcium Scoring is a risk assessment tool for the quantitation of asymptomatic atherosclerosis.

Coronary CT Angiography (CCTA) is a non-invasive coronary angiogram, suitable for patients with symptoms consistent with coronary ischaemia at intermediate risk in whom coronary angiography would be appropriate. CCTA is now available with low-dose scanning such as sub-1 mSv scanning at the Prince Charles Hospital (bulk-billed) and the Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance
Cardiovascular MRI

Cardiaovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) is the reference standard non-invasive technique for the quantitation of left and right ventricular volume and function. There is increasing application of CMR for the evaluation of cardiac disorders including myocardial viability, adenosine stress perfusion imaging and the assessment of cardiomyopathies and complex congenital heart disorders. Furthermore, the technical aspects of CMR are rapidly evolving, with development of techniques such as relaxometry (T1 mapping, T2*) and 4-dimensional flow imaging along with new post-processing technologies.

CMR is available at the Richard Slaughter Centre of Excellence in CVMRI, at the Prince Charles Hospital.