University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Center for Excellence in Sensing Technologies and Analytics Seminar

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019
Speaker: Jarvis Haupt and Mike Garwood
Subject: Bringing Compact High-Field MRI Systems to Life through Novel Methods that Tolerate Extreme Field Inhomogeneity

MRI is critically important for understanding the human brain and for diagnosing neurological disease, yet is currently inaccessible to ~90% of the world’s population. One way to increase the accessibility of MRI is to decrease the size of the magnet, making it lighter and transportable, but this comes at the cost of greatly diminished uniformity of the main magnetic field, B0. Thus, the main obstacle to making a small MRI scanner comes down to the question: Is it possible to make high quality MR images with a highly inhomogeneous B0? To accomplish this, the basic approach to performing MRI must change; specifically, how spatial information is encoded, and then, how the resulting MRI signals can be reconstructed into high resolution images. In this talk we will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that arise within our approach, which uses spatiotemporal, frequency-swept pulses to excite MRI signals over broad frequency ranges and a model-based image reconstruction algorithm that deciphers the spatiotemporal information in the MRI signals.

Faculty Host: Vuk Mandic

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