Magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging holds great promise for investigating not only anatomical structures of the human body, but also the physiological processes. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Institute for Biomedical Research has developed a number of important and exciting applications for this mode of imaging as they pertain to both clinical and basic science. This includes sequence design, image reconstruction, image processing and clinical applications. Among the areas that have been pioneered are: MR angiography, fast imaging, new construction methods, susceptibility weighted imaging and coronary artery imaging. In the area of neuro-imaging, the focus here has been on neuro-vascular related diseases. This includes the application of MRI for cerebral vasculature evaluation, vessel tracking, perfusion imaging, and the use of susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) to look for irregularities in the venous vasculature and for increases in brain iron content. This has a clinical application in the areas of stroke, trauma, occult vascular disease, and the study of angiogenesis in tumors. Another area of interest is cardiovascular imaging, where efforts are directed at creating 3D coronary artery imaging technology for MRI. Future research efforts hope to apply the SWI imaging methods to evaluate the viability of the myocardium.

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