Imaging science lets us see the familiar anew. #cai2r #beauty #MRI #ginger :-)
It's a very exciting time in biomedical imaging. Almost every group meeting brings us glimpses of where radiology is headed. And we're not just imagining the future--we're building it, right here in the #cai2r lab. Above, Florian Knoll, PhD, discussing how to train convolutional neural networks to reconstruct magnetic resonance images from raw K-space data. #AI #MRI #biomedicalimaging
MRI can slice through a subject without actually cutting anything. Yet, the detail of an MRI slice rivals that of an actual cut. The #beauty of #MRI.
Assistant professor Steven Baete, PhD, and doctoral candidate Nicole Wake, contemplating a vibrantly color-coded neural tract model during the recent Brain Day at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Baete, who specializes in #diffusion #MRI, and Ms. Wake, who investigates clinical applications of #3Dprint, figured it would be fun to visualize tractography in 3D (usually viewed in 2D with colors indicating directions of fiber bundles). You can still see the first print of this model at the #BeautifulBrain exhibition at @nyugrey gallery until the end of the month. #cai2r #biomedicalimaging #art
Not all our magnets are huge. Here, samples in 5-milimeter diameter vials go into a benchtop 1-Tesla #NMR spectrometer. Spectra contain information about chemical and physical properties of matter. Spectra can also tell us about dynamic biophysical processes in human tissues, and #cai2r researchers are developing spectroscopic #MRI tools that may help treat diebetic neuropathy, traumatic brain injury, and other health conditions. #biomedicalimaging #science #medicine
Today's half-marathoners passing the #cai2r HQ in Midtown Manhattan on their way to Central Park. What a great day for a run! #nychalfmarathon
A peek under the hood of our 11 megaelectronvolt cyclotron (Siemens RDS 111) that allows us to produce F, C, O, and N positron emitters used in #PET tracers. #cai2r #biomedicalimaging #radiochemistry
Today's snow storm deterred zero (0) #biomedicalimaging scientists from attending a very interesting talk by Jason Stockmann, PhD, from @martinoscenter. Many thanks for braving the weather to visit the #cai2r lab, and for the engaging conversations!
Finally here, a new body coil with even faster gradients for our ultra-high-field #MRI system. This heavy, delicate beauty was carefully slipped into our 7T scanner last week. We're considering painting a racing stripe on the hood. #cai2r #physics #engineering #biomedicalimaging
Red #brain. You never know what you may find on a work bench in the #cai2r lab. We're tweaking our image-to-print workflow for accuracy of the model. The detail is for neuroradiologists. The color is for fun! #3Dprint #biomedicalimaging
A freshly produced radiotracer is about to be sent to a patient in a PET-MR scanner one floor below our #radiochemistry lab. In nuclear imaging time is of the essence, especially for tracers with short half-lives. Having a PET-MR system directly below the lab lets us go straight from radiotracer production to imaging. #cai2r #biomedicalimaging
See these folks tinkering with a CT scanner? They're developing a prototype of SparseCT, an interrupted beam approach aimed at dramatically reducing exam radiation dose. From left, Ricardo Otazo, PhD (who just moved from our group to Memorial Sloan-Kettering), Tom O'Donnell, PhD (Siemens), Matthew Muckley, PhD, and Baiyu Chen, PhD (both at #cai2r, NYU School of Medicine) as well as Aaron Sodickson, MD, PhD (Brigham and Women's Hospital). Dr. Otazo is pointing to the prototype of a Multi Slit Collimator---a small bit of metal that makes a big difference (and adds a lot of complexity) to a CT scan. We're really excited about working with colleagues in industry, academia, and the clinic to improve this modality. #innovation #collaboration #biomedicalimaging
Is it a rainbow sugar candy? Is it a tie-dye noodle? Or is it a #3Dprint of neural tractography, color coded for fiber bundle connections along the x, y, and z axes? Oh, #biomedicalimaging can be so sweet!
Recently, Nicole Wake, doctoral candidate in our #biomedicalimaging program, and Steven Baete, PhD, assistant professor who specializes in diffusion #MRI, figured it would be neat to 3D print a tractography of neural fiber bundles. The model is now on display at @nyugrey gallery as part of the #BeautifulBrain exhibit. Arty!
We have a saying in the lab: Neither rain nor snow nor a raging #BombCyclone shall stay these scientists from advancing #biomedicalimaging research. Who said catching up on some manuscript writing couldn't be heroic?
Between the helium-chilled magnets on the ground floor and the frost-covered domes on the roof, things are cool all over at our Manhattan HQ. From these cold quarters, a cordially warm Happy New Year to all our friends and colleagues in the #biomedicalimaging community and in the broader fields of science, technology, and medicine. May 2018 abound in inspiration, ideas, collaboration, and innovation!
Thanks to Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota for another great high- & ultra-high-field #biomedicalimaging workshop! Here, #UMN's Gregor Adriany, PhD, flanked by #cai2r's Riccardo Lattanzi, PhD (left) and Martijn Cloos, PhD. And behind them, an early 4T #MRI scanner---in the wild!
Last weekend, an elite team roamed NYC's foosball scene. Why elite? Both players--Tobias Block, PhD, (left) and Thomas Benkert, PhD--are winners of #ISMRM Young Investigator Awards for advances in #biomedicalimaging. As such, they bring to the foosball playfield heady expertise in spin dynamics, flip angles, and radial trajectories. Does it help? Not as much as in #MRI!
Last week, we also said goodbye to Alex Khegai, PhD, who ended a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at #cai2r, where he investigated phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy methods with Makis Parasoglou, PhD. Here's a short look back. Top: Dr. Khegai presenting at #ISMRM2017 in Hawaii; Middle: The phosphorus imaging team at #ISMRM2016 in Singapore (from left, hardware expert Ryan Brown, PhD, postdoc Alex Khegai, PhD, team leader Makis Parasoglou, PhD, and research assistant Xuejiao Che, MS); Bottom: Alex and Makis surfing the spectra at our 7T magnet console in New York. Thanks, Alex, for a great two years! We'll miss your research acumen at work, and your #relaxationtime expertise in the off hours! #biomedicalimaging #postdocs #rock
This week, we said goodbye to Alina Gilles (left), who volunteered at the #cai2r lab while on break from MD training in Germany. Nine months have flown by fast. Thanks, Alina, for all the work you've done with us on sodium imaging, and good luck with your medical studies back home!!! #biomedicalimaging #sciencewithoutborders