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Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Applied Physics Division

RO# Location
50.68.62.B6468 Boulder, CO

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


Name E-mail Phone
Keenan, Kathryn E 303.497.3665
Russek, Stephen 303.497.5097


Research focuses on developing protocols and calibration structures for quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Imaging will be done on the NIST 7 T preclinical scanner and the University of Colorado 3 T GE and Siemens research scanners. The research involves working with NIH, FDA, and professional societies (ISMRM, RSNA, ACRIN) to develop phantoms (calibration structures) and validate quantitative imaging protocols, and transfer the protocol and calibration structures to clinical trials. The following areas are of interest:

(1) Basic NMR properties (T1, T2, geometric distortion);

(2) Electromagnetic properties and susceptibility;

(3) Magnetic resonance elastography;

(4) Quantitative nano-iron mapping;

(5) Multiparameter imaging of the brain for traumatic brain injury;

(6) Diffusion-weighted imaging: isotropic Gaussian diffusion, multi-component diffusion, anisotropic diffusion and tractography;/p>

(7) MRI simulation tools: Python-based simulations based on Bloch-Torrey equations and more sophisticated multi-physics models; rigorous comparison of simulation tools with imaging of NIST phantoms and development of computational error analysis chain.


Biomagnetics; Biomedical engineering; Electromagnetism; Magnetics; Medical imaging; Medical physics; MRI;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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