The AMT Center aims to develop disruptive MRI technology to push the boundary of diagnosis and monitoring in environments and settings usually out of reach. This task is confronted with at least two major challenges.
First, scaling down and opening the MRI device: one way to achieve this goal is to leverage magnetic field strength orders of magnitude lower than today's MRI devices known to be particularly heavy and expensive, along with extreme siting requirements, costs, as well as a limited access for patients.
Second, enhancing the flexibility of MRI: the AMT Center aims to develop methods and instruments that perform in heterogeneous environments and compensate for the impeded signal sensitivity naturally available at lower magnetic fields.
The Adaptable MRI Technology Center's research focuses on four different areas:
- Tools and Methods for Low-field MRI. The AMT Center runs a unique platform with scanners operating at different magnetic fields, with a focus on the development of new MR sequences and detectors for specific applications.
- Image Guided Therapies, that is the development of MRI sequences and instruments compatible with therapeutic devices.
- Quantitative and Functional MRI that will provide quantified metrics of the organs' function.
- Fast Multi-parametric MRI to accelerate quantitative diagnosis.
The AMT Center was founded in May 2017 by Najat Salameh and Mathieu Sarracanie. It is currently funded by SNSF and has recently welcomed several new members: a PhD student, a visiting scientist, a visiting PhD student, three Master students, two Postdocs, and an intern.