Dielectric contrast imaging for 7 Tesla Magnetic Resonance applications (2018–2021)
This project aims to develop novel radio-frequency (RF) technology, ensuring that the benefits of high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are available for a broader range of applications. High-field MRI offers faster scans with greater image detail than previous systems. At high fields however, image intensity and contrast are distorted by strong field-tissue interactions, due to the electrical properties of the human body. This project will develop a new contrast mechanism directly related to the RF properties of individual tissue types, circumventing a limitation of intensity based imaging. The non-invasive, quantitative measurement will expand current MRI capacity and foster a paradigm shift in scientific and diagnostic imaging.