Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Paulien Sterken MSc
Floris Dekker MSc
Dr. Julia Krug
Dr. Tatiana Nikolaeva
Prof. Dr. Aldrik Velders

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is well known for being a versatile, non-invasive medical imaging technique. With this method, we mainly extract information coming from the water resonance in tissues. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy is part of every chemist’s toolbox to identify chemical compounds and to look at the chemical environment of multiple different atoms, such as 1H, 13C, 15N, 19F, 31P etc. 

By combining these two approaches at high magnetic field strengths, it is now possible to image subjects at sub-hundred micrometer resolution and even to trace certain chemical compounds within biological structures and soft tissues.

Within this project there is a close collaboration with BioPhysics, the WNMRC and the national ultrahigh-field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility (uNMR-NL).