Over the past 25 years, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has revolutionized medical diagnosis and patient care by producing exquisite anatomical images of the interior of the body. Recently, a new trend has emerged in MRI, where images represent dynamic and physiologic process in the body. Examples of this includes high-temporal resolution imaging of cardiac contraction, imaging of blood flow velocity, imaging of heating during interventional procedures such as ablation, and imaging of functional brain metabolism.
We will have a short lecture on the physics of how an MRI produces images and see examples of these new dynamic and physiologic images. We will then have a short tour and demonstration in the MRI scanner at Emory University Hospital.