Our laboratory undertakes research projects involving various aspects of the physics and engineering of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These projects typically integrate knowledge of MRI physics, development of specific methods for acquiring MRI data using "pulse sequences," application of special-purpose radio-frequency receiver coils, and formulation and implementation of image reconstruction algorithms. Projects are typically studied across the technical development spectrum, ranging from analysis of feasibility to in vivo studies in volunteers and potentially in patients. Human studies are done in collaboration with radiologists and other medical specialists and have been in the areas of cardiovascular, neurological, and cancer imaging.
In addition to the development of new image acquisition methods based on MRI physics, research in our laboratory also focuses on the engineering of high speed signal processing techniques. This includes rapid or even instant image reconstruction, interactive control of scanning parameters, and use of 1D, 2D, or 3D MR images to guide some process in real time.
As new techniques are developed, and if they are proven to be useful, they are put into clinical practice at Mayo Clinic and other sites worldwide.