Magnets that “See” Instead of “Stick”
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Laboratory is focused on developing new diagnostic imaging techniques, MR systems, and hardware.
The MRI team operates three 1.5 tesla scanners and one 3.0 tesla whole-body scanner between their two locations in Niskayuna, NY and Munich, Germany. The first 1.5T whole-body scanner was developed in Global Research’s MRI lab in Niskayuna in 1983. This breakthrough– revolutionary at the time– was followed by major innovations in MR imaging, including phased array coils, folded gradient coils, phase contrast imaging, and 32-channel and 128-channel receiver systems.
Ongoing research in the Lab includes innovative methods for building more efficient RF receiver coils, new approaches to multifrequency imaging of hyperpolarized 13C, Alzheimer’s disease assessment, parallel transmit, interventional MR, and optimal approaches to imaging new contrast agents.