RESEARCH PROJECTS

Discovery & clinical translation of leading-edge MRI and MEG medical imaging physics.
IMAGING PHYSICS...

 

In my lab we take knowledge of the physics behind MRI and MEG, and use it to come up with ways of using it that will provide completely new information.

 

Whether through new MRI acquisition strategies, novel machine learning algorithms for analysing MEG Data, or applying new techniques for cellular imaging, we are pushing the boundaries of medical imaging physics!

 

As an example, the work shown above (by former PhD student James Rioux) demonstrates our expertise in using Compressed Sensing acceleration techniques for mapping of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles.

& CLINICAL APPLICATION

 

All of my MRI and MEG research projects, whether they directly focus on physics or engineering, are collaborative partnerships with clinicians.

 

Students in my lab are often directly exposed to how their technology is advancing healthcare... for example one current Ph.D. student in physics is trained as part of his project to go into brain surgery and record data during an awake craniotomy!

 

This work by PhD student Tynan Stevens is shown above, in which Functional MRI and MEG data are analyzed using a novel automated analysis algorithm, and compared to direct cortical stimulation of a brain tumour patient.

Research in my group encompasses technologies for the acquisition and analysis of medical imaging, using novel physics approaches.  With a particular emphasis on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), novel PET/SPECT imaging technologies, and Magnetoencephlography (MEG), applications of this work range from improving pre-surgical mapping of brain function, to new techniques for characterizing liver disease.  

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