UCL EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging
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.
Theme Leader: Dr Nikolaus Weiskopf
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