About Dr. Ritman

Erik L. Ritman graduated in 1964 with his Medical Degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia. In the years 1965 through 1967 he was an intern, senior resident and medical registrar at Prince Henry's Hospital. He joined the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota in 1968. He received his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Minnesota in 1973.

Since the late 1960's, he has developed and used x-ray imaging systems and related image analysis techniques in his physiological studies of a variety of experimental animal species and human subjects. In 1977 he took over for Dr. E. H. Wood as Principal Investigator for a National Health Institute (NIH) Program Project Grant that funded the design, fabrication, evaluation and subsequent use of the Dynamic Spatial Reconstructor (DSR) — a multi-x-ray source, high speed volume imaging CT scanner. This scanner was used in animal and human studies through 1993.

In 1981 Dr. E. L. Ritman was promoted to Professor of Physiology and Medicine for Mayo Medical School and University of Minnesota. In 1998, he was appointed to the Ralph B. and Ruth K. Abrams Professorship.

He has used synchrotron based micro-CT since 1992 and has published numerous papers in which synchrotron based Micro-CT was used in biological studies. In 1993 he was the Principal Investigator on an NSF funded grant to design, build and evaluate a bench-top micro-CT scanner. In 1996 he was the Principal Investigator and funded from a National Health Institute (NIH) grant to use and continue development and application of the Micro-CT scanner. This grant supports his web page.