The Magnetic Resonance 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 radiofrequency 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 these have been focused 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. These include rapid or even instant image reconstruction, interactive control of scanning parameters, and use of 1D, 2D or 3D MRI scans to guide processes in real time.

As new techniques are developed, if they prove to be useful, they are put into clinical practice at Mayo Clinic and other sites worldwide.

Magnetic Resonance Laboratory facilities are also available to all Mayo Clinic investigators who wish to use MRI as part of their research. For more information, see the Center for Advanced Imaging Research website.


Dr. Riederer's Magnetic Resonance Lab is affiliated with these Mayo Clinic research areas and training programs:

About Dr. Riederer

Stephen J. Riederer, Ph.D., is a medical physicist and professor of radiology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota. Methods based on discoveries in Dr. Riederer's laboratory have been implemented on MRI scanners throughout the world.