Cardiac Research

ResearchGate Profile

In addition to his clinical work as a Cardiologist, Peter heads his own cardiovascular research group with the University of Melbourne Medical School and Melbourne School of Engineering. Peter's university profile can be accessed at:


Peter introduced a new imaging method to look inside the coronary arteries of patients with heart disease in Australia. In 2009, he was the first Australian Cardiologist to use this method helping to bring the technology into the country. Currently, there are over 80 centres across Australia benefiting from the use of this technique for patients suffering with coronary artery disease who require invasive procedures such as angiograms or stents to be placed. A selection of Peter's work using this novel imaging method known as optical coherence tomography (OCT for short) can be found at the following link:


Peter is available to supervise postgraduate research students including Honours, Masters and doctoral students. All enquiries please go to the University of Melbourne link:


Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

OCT provides very detailed photos of within the coronary arteries. This is the highest resolution method to really provide significant information about the nature of the blockages within the arteries of the heart and helps characterise the different types of cholesterol blockages. This method is also the best to provide high resolution images of how the body responds to stents being placed within the arteries of the heart. Stents are usually made of metal and help to prop open blockages in patients suffering heart pain / angina or who suffer heart attacks


Animation of the use of OCT within the coronary artery to assess cholesterol plaque.