Science Café Cleveland presents


"Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) from the Inside Out"


FEBRUARY 9, 2009




Dr. Jeffrey Duerk

 (Chair, Case Biomedical Engineering and Director of Case Center for Imaging Research)




Dr. Jeffrey Sunshine

 (Director, MRI, University Hospitals)




Medical imaging began over 100 years ago with Roentgen’s discovery of the X-ray. Within only three months, the Ohio medical community began the exploration of how this new technology could be harnessed in a variety of applications. This same spirit has continued over the past century with such notable achievements as the CT guided biopsy, MR angiography, stroke diffusion MR imaging in the acute setting, and interventional MRI emerging from the Ohio research community.


Today, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), perhaps like no other medical imaging technology, is considered a high tech modality that affords physicians the ability to non-invasively peer into the human body, to detect pathology, to measure blood flow, and to determine what areas of the brain are responsible for motion, thoughts, etc. These devices consist of large electromagnets, small radio stations to broadcast radiofrequency RF energy into the body, radiofrequency RF receivers to detect the emitted signal, digital signal processing (much like that used for music CDs) to detect the signal, and mathematics to reconstruct the image based on quantum physics properties of biologically relevant nuclei like hydrogen. 


Today, Cleveland is a hot-bed in MR research and development with Philips, GE, Toshiba, Hitachi, ViewRay, M2M, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and others having significant research and development programs. 


Come join two experts from Case and UH to discuss how MRI works, conventional uses, novel applications, new technical directions, and new clinical opportunities for this important medical technology!



If you have a few minutes, you can "prepare your mind" for the café by checking out these articles from Scientific American:

The Incredible Shrinking Scanner

MRI and Breast Cancer

MRI Movie Maps Brain Development

MRI Study Traces Alzheimer's Path of Destruction

Medicine Nobel Awarded to MRI Developers




Date: February 9, 2009
Time: Drinks start at 6:30 PM, discussion starts around 7:00 PM
Location: Tasting Room, Great Lakes Brewing Company (2701 Carroll Ave, Cleveland)


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