MRI EPFL Animal Imaging and Technology Section
My background is medical physics. I have several years of experience in developing radio frequency (RF) technology for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications. My recent work has involved in vivo sodium MRI and in vivo potassium MRI at 7.0 Tesla. Ions such as Na+, K+ and Cl- play crucial roles in cell physiology and metabolism, and one of the most appealing aspects of imaging non-proton atomic nuclei with ultrahigh field MRI is that its spatial resolution and total scan times are reaching ranges that are acceptable for clinical applications. My recent accomplishments include: achieving one-millimeter isotropic spatial resolution in vivo sodium MRI of the human eye, and demonstrating world’s first in vivo potassium MR images of the human heart obtained at 7.0 Tesla. Currently, my research focuses the development of novel RF coil designs that would advance the existing state-of-the-art MRI, MR spectroscopy and multinuclear MRI in humans.
KEYWORDS: Radio frequency technology, radio frequency coil, electromagnetic field simulation, ultrahigh field MRI, 7.0 Tesla, multinuclear MRI