MSE Research Project Database

Continuous wave magnetic resonance

Project Leader: Leigh Johnston
Staff: Peter Farrell, James Korte
Collaborators: Bahman Tahayori (Monash University)
Primary Contact: Leigh Johnston (
Keywords: applied control theory; magnetic resonance imaging MRI; system identification; systems theory
Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering,Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Domains: Convergence of engineering and IT with the life sciences
Research Centre: Neuroengineering Research Laboratory

The project aims to augment the capabilities of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems using continuous
wave (CW) transmission and signal reception, in order to image objects using very low excitation power. Whether
articulated mathematically or not, it is the objective of any given MRI sequence to solve an inverse problem,
involving estimation of some subset of the hidden states and parameters of the system, given the observed data.
Exploiting the transient and steady-state CW magnetisation dynamics to solve inverse problems in Magnetic
Resonance spectroscopy and imaging will potentially lead to technological advances in control of the magnetic
resonance signal, and will open new avenues of research in the mature domain of MRI.