MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) is a large-scale cardiovascular population study (>6,500 participants) conducted in six centres in the USA. It aims to investigate the manifestation of subclinical to clinical cardiovascular disease before signs and symptoms develop. Since MESA participants were determined as healthy during recruitment, patients of this data are identified as asymptomatic subjects. The overall demographics of the MESA study were men and women aged 45-84 years from heterogeneous US population of White, African-American, Hispanic and Chinese ethnicity.

The Cardiac Atlas Project hosts part of MESA MRI data (2,450 cases) from the baseline examination. We have also derived semi-automatically ~300 3D left ventricular models from them by using the CIM software (Cardiac Image Modeller, University of Auckland, NZ).

Please be aware that the images were acquired using old GRE (Gradient Recalled Echo) protocol that are not commonly used for cine MR sequence nowadays. It might not be compatible with the current SSFP protocol. We do not also share contours and other clinical parameters from the MESA study.


Dr. David A. Bluemke, MD – National Institutes of Health, USA

Dr. Joao Lima, MD – John Hopkins University, USA


To download the data, you must fill in a specific request with elaborate information about your project. This is required because we need to forward your request to the Data Contributor for a review. Depending on their available (may take >2 weeks), your request can be granted if there is no conflict of interest with their clinical study.

Before filling in the following request, please note that you must abide to the following agreements:

  1. Compliance with the MESA-CAP data distribution agreement.
  2. MESA P&P approval of all manuscripts and presentations.
  3. MESA requires that all manuscripts using MESA data have one MESA co-author. 

If you agree to the above conditions, you may submit the request form below: