Magnetic Resonance Imaging Group

Group Leader and Principal Investigator: Dr Karin Shmueli

About Us

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) group is interested in developing MRI techniques to increase image contrast and resolution by exploiting new contrast mechanisms. The current goal of our research programme is to characterise frequency and susceptibility contrasts and to develop and translate MRI techniques exploiting these mechanisms to improve disease diagnosis and monitoring of therapies.

Conventional MRI uses only the signal magnitude, but utilising the frequency (or phase) of the MRI signal has dramatically improved visualisation of tissue structure and can reveal tissue composition. During her previous post at the USA National Institutes of Health, Dr Shmueli developed new methods to calculate tissue magnetic susceptibility maps from MRI frequency images. MRI tissue Susceptibility Mapping is an exciting technique and a rapidly growing research area. Together with our collaborators, we now aim to unlock the potential of these MRI frequency and susceptibility methods to generate clinical MRI biomarkers of disease.


Photo of UCL Dept of Med Phys & Biomed Eng MRI Group November 2014

Principal Investigator: Dr. Karin Shmueli

PhD Students:

         Emma Biondetti

         Emma Dixon

         Anita Karsa


March 2016 - UCL Doctoral School Research Poster Competition 

Congratulations to Anita Karsa who was awarded a Runner-up prize in the UCL Doctoral School Research Poster Competition for her poster on Optimising MRI Acquisition for Clinically Applicable Magnetic Susceptibility Mapping.