MSE Research Project Database

Sodium MRI at ultrahigh field


Project Leader: Leigh Johnston
Student: Yasmin Blunck
Collaborators: Jon Cleary, Brad Moffat, Roger Ordidge
Primary Contact: Leigh Johnston (l.johnston@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: imaging; magnetic resonance imaging MRI; medical image analysis
Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering
Domains: Convergence of engineering and IT with the life sciences

Proton MRI, the most common form of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is sensitive to the hydrogen nuclei that are present in biological materials in abundance.   Sodium MRI follows the same physical principles as traditional MRI, but is sensitive to the less common Sodium nuclei; therefore this form of imaging typically suffers from very low SNR.   In this project, we are developing Sodium MRI sequences and analysis methods to improve the sensitivity and specificity of Sodium imaging using 7T MRI.