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Toward Generation II MRI: Beyond diagnosis and toward Interventional MRI

Event Date: April 24, 2008
Speaker: Jeff Duerk
Speaker Affiliation: Head, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Sponsor: Medical Imaging Seminar
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: MJIS (BMED) Room 2001
Contact Name: Profs Tom Talavage and Charles Bouman
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5475 or (765) 494-0340
Contact Email: or
Open To: Acceptable for ECE694A
In some ways, the revolution spawned by the advent of CT and MRI have largely replaced the need for "exploratory surgery" common just a few decades ago. For the first two decades of whole body MRI, the medical community had primarily used this important imaging technology for diagnostic purposes.Yet, as imaging system performance improved, opportunities began to emerge in which rapid MR imaging, soft tissue contrast, changes in contrast with temperature (for example) could be combined to provide a more ambitious role for MR-that is as a tool for minimally invasive percutaneous or other image guided procedure.  This talk will focus on a few of the advances that have enabled MRI to begin to emerge as a powerful tool for a variety of intraoperative, percutaneous and vascular procedures. These include novel MRI pulse sequences, new tools like catheter based imaging receiver coils, and new K-space trajectories.

Brief Bio 
Jeff Duerk transferred from Bowling Green to Purdue in 1979 and received his BSEE in 1981.  He received an MSEE from Ohio State in 1983, and a Ph.D. from Case Western in 1986.  After working as a Senior Scientist in the MR division of Picker/Philips, he returned to Case as a faculty member in 1989, becoming Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department in 2008.  Jeff is founder of Interventional Imaging Inc., and is currently the President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.