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MRI/MRF Research

The collaborative MRI research team in the Department of Radiology combines the expertise of multiple PhD and MD faculty with the mutual goal of developing quantitative MRI techniques to detect, monitor, and treat disease more effectively.  As part of this effort, our team has pioneered the novel Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF) technique which proves to enable accurate, precise, and time-efficient multi-parametric MRI for basic science and clinical imaging research applications for brain, kidney, and prostate cancers, neurologic development, and diseases, including epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and pediatric genetic diseases, including cystic fibrosis and polycystic kidney disease.

Additional studies aim to develop dynamic MRF methods to assess tissue pharmacokinetics for conventional and molecular MRI contrast agents. Many research MRI facilities support this work, including two research-dedicated human MRI scanners (Siemens Vida 3T) and two high-field preclinical MRI scanners (Bruker Biospec 7T, 9/4T).

Research Team

  • Chaitra Badve, MD
  • Ari Blitz, MD
  • Chris A. Flask, PhD
  • Mark Griswold, PhD
  • Leonardo Kayat Bittencourt, MD