Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


Spring into STEM: How the many faces of MRI help tackle Alzheimer’s disease

27 May 2022, 1:00 pm–1:30 pm

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'How the many faces of MRI help tackle Alzheimer’s disease' is one of six lectures presented by UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, as part of the 2022 Spring into STEM webinars from UCL Engineering.

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MRI is a big, donut-shaped machine that doctors use to take pictures of patients’ insides. Not many people know that MRI is incredibly flexible. It is like a sci-fi camera that can look under your skin and use different settings to map brain activity, brain microstructure, iron levels, and blood flow just to name a few. In this talk, I will illustrate how this is possible, showcase a variety of these brain maps, and explain how they can help tackle Alzheimer’s disease in an ongoing UK-wide clinical study.

About the speaker

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Dr Anita Karsa, Post-doctoral Research Fellow in MRI

Anita Karsa is working as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) group. Her main projects focus on studying neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or Multiple Sclerosis, using novel MRI techniques that enable us to calculate physical, quantitative tissue properties.


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