Christian Kames wins the 2016 QSM Reconstrcution Challenge

Magnetic resonance imaging scientist Christian Kames has won the Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping Reconstruction Challenge 2016. Quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) is a technique that turns an MRI scan into maps of magnetic properties of biological tissues. Due to its high sensitivity to tissue damage, QSM is currently one of the hot topics in MRI. 24 teams submitted their methods to the 2016 challenge which was part of the 4TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON MRI PHASE CONTRAST & QUANTITATIVE SUSCEPTIBILITY MAPPING in Graz, Austria.







FLAIR2 is 12th most-read article on AJNR

Our novel technique for improved detection of white matter lesions, FLAIR2, has been popular with researchers. It is currently (September 2016)  the 17th most read paper in the American Journal of Neuroradiology.

By combining co-registered 3D-FLAIR and 3D-T2 scans, we have developed a technique, which enhances multiple sclerosis (MS) lesion contrast while maintaining cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) suppression. FLAIR and T2 are already part of the standard imaging protocol for MS, while the acquisition of double inversion recovery (DIR) is strongly debated. DIR has been proposed as the gold standard for MS lesion detection, with a particular advantage for cortical lesions, however, the strong signal loss resulting for the suppression of white matter and CSF hampers lesion identification. We believe that FLAIR2 may suffice for MS lesion detection and additional scan time invested in DIR and other 2D imaging sequences may be saved. We see this as an opportunity to increase image quality of the conventional MR scans without the typical trade-off towards longer scan time.

Hockey concussion papers featured in the media

Our recent publications on advanced MRI of concussion in ice hockey players were featured in several news stories, including a cover story in the Vancouver Sun and an interview with CBC.

Austrian Ambassador visits MRI Science Lab

On June 22 2016, Austrian Ambassador Arno Riedel and Austrian Consul General David Anthony Haber vist the MRI Science Lab and the UBC MRI Research Centre.


GE Pulse Programming and MRI Science Course

In the spring of 2016, Professor Gareth Barker from King’s College London held an MRI sequence development course, which was organized by Drs. Shannon Kolind and Alexander Rauscher. We thank the Child & Family Research Imaging Facility for hosting the course and General Electric for their support..