This theme concerns the innovation of new imaging techniques on existing devices. The primary activity is in MRI, which has the flexibility to support rich research activity developing innovative modes of usage, but the theme potentially includes innovation on other devices, such as optical imaging, ultrasound or PET scanners. MRI can generate a multitude of different contrasts unlike conventional imaging modalities such as X-ray. This includes, for example, measures of diffusion, tissue specific relaxation constants, flow and motion. Thus, MRI has an excellent proven and future potential for non-invasively imaging various physiological processes and anatomy across the entire body. Unleashing this potential requires expert knowledge in MR physics, physiology and anatomy.
The supervisors involved in the CDT have a strong track record in many areas including the non-invasive imaging of glucose metabolism in tumors and myeloarchitecture in the brain, which was only accessible to more invasive methods previously. The strong collaborations with the major imaging manufacturers facilitate the developments further by optimal access to system hardware and software, capitalizing on the latest developments in the field. Planned future developments include full quantification of MR and tissue parameters with the long-term goal of non-invasive in-vivo histology.
Partners and Facilities
Current work under this methodology works closely with the Centre for Neuroimaging and Centre for Medical Image Computing on new EEG and MRI techniques.
Studying Under This Theme
Projects listed below are available for applicants to include in their 5 project choices. Successful candidates will meet with both primary supervisors from their selection before being assigned to their allocated research project to ensure that each student gets the best opportunity for their skills and development. To view all available project videos please visit our YouTube channel.
Claudia’s research interests include: Quantitative MRI in the Central Nervous System Applications mainly to Multiple Sclerosis and spinal cord injury Applications at 1.5T and 3T Multi-nuclear spectroscopy and imaging
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