Our team of MRI Scientists works on the development of new imaging techniques and on the investigation of magnetic resonance signal generation in biological tissues. We are physicists within the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Pediatrics, and Radiology. Our specific interests are MR signal formation in the presence of magnetically inhomogeneous tissues, such as nerve fibres or blood vessels and the application of our new MRI techniques to the investigation of tissue damage and repair in brain injury due to preterm birth,  multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. We collaborate with various researchers from the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Pediatrics, Radiology, Neurology, Pathology, and internationally.

New software: DECAES for rapid myelin water and luminal water analysis

We are pleased to present DECAES, a free software tool written in Julia. It computes myelin water and luminal water maps in under one minute. You can find a paper on the method here and the software can be found on Jon Doucette’s Github page. Please contact us if you are interested in MWI and we will be happy to help with data acquisition sequences and analysis.

QSM toolbox by Christian Kames is available on github

You can find Christian’s RTS algorithm and implementations of other popular algorithms here: https://github.com/kamesy/QSM.m

Click here for an overview of MRI research at UBC.

Mapping cerebrovascular health

We have a gas control system (RespirAct™, Thornhill Medical) that allows us to map cerebrovascular reactivity using our MRI scanners. We can create maps of the brains vascular health that were shown to be useful in a wide range of conditions, such as  Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or traumatic brain injury.  Please contact us at the email address below for further details.

Selected recent publications