Research Medical Imaging
The Radiological Physics division’s research is focused on the methodological development and basic research of the fundamentals of magnetic resonance (MR), and on their potential applications in the field of biophysical, biochemical, and clinical sciences.
How does tissue microstructure affect the MR signal? Can cells be visualized with MR? What about imaging lung function with MR? These are typical questions asked and tackled by our group – a team currently consisting of fifteen members, mainly physicists and engineers, ranging from master and doctoral students to postdoctoral associates and scientific staff members.
The analysis, description and development of rapid MR imaging sequences has been a major research focus of our group for more than a decade. For instance, we design MR methods for preclinical and clinical research from low to ultra-high fields and develop techniques for motion or cell tracking and molecular imaging. We have been active in the field of quantitative and interventional MR for years and have designed methods for tissue relaxometry, catheter tracking and real-time feedback procedures for MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound. We also believe that functional imaging is not limited solely to the detection of brain activity, but can be applied to a variety of other organs, such as the lung, the heart and muscle tissue using dedicated and carefully designed MR techniques.
We have a close collaboration with the Image-Guided Therapy group and the Biomaterials Science group, and links to other groups at DBE are being established.