The Department of Radiology at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University provides a successful environment for performing research in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The framework includes various equipment, dedicated MRI research technologist, and researchers with clinical and technical expertise. Please see below for a brief overview of the MRI equipment, personnel, and areas of ongoing research.
Time is available for conducting research studies on a Siemens Healthineers Magnetom Vida 3.0T MRI scanner, primarily dedicated to research, at the Case Center for Imaging Research (CCIR). In addition, other MRI scanners in the University Hospitals facilities are available for research, including wide-bore (70cm) 1.5T and 3.0T scanners and Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR system. Furthermore, a wide variety of RF coils and other hardware is available for imaging studies.
Housed within CCIR is a core group of investigators specializing in MRI research. This is a multi-disciplinary group composed of faculty, scientists, post-docs, and students from the Departments of Radiology, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and others. The main emphasis of the research is developing new acquisition and reconstruction methods for enhancing the capabilities of clinical MR imaging. Current projects focus on rapid imaging, non-Cartesian acquisition methods, MR fingerprinting, quantitative imaging, parallel imaging methods, anatomic and functional cardiac imaging, and many other topics.
MRI research is performed by several investigators beyond the core group as well. Within University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University, there is a long-standing tradition of inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary collaborations necessary for advancing clinical and basic science.