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MRI Expert Honored by GE Healthcare

Award Recognizes His Contributions to Cardiac Imaging
Eric Mankin
May 07, 2009 —

Krishna Nayak has received a 2009 GE (General Electric) Healthcare
Thought Leader Award for his research in magnetic resonance (MR) cardiac imaging.  This award is made to individuals who create significant 
advances in MR imaging and lay the foundation for future technical 

Krishna Nayak, center, and Ajit Shankaranarayanan, left receiving award from GE's Scott Hinks
Nayak was recognized for work done in collaboration
 with Hsu-Lei Lee, a recent doctoral graduate, and Ajit Shankaranarayanan 
of GE.  It involves the development of new pulse sequences in MR imaging
 that result in fewer off-resonance banding artifacts and allow for 
images with substantially higher spatial resolution.  These improvements have been incorporated into MR scanning systems used in clinical 
applications, and have been applied to the imaging of cardiac
 ventricular function and coronary arteries.

The award was recently presented at a meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM).  ISMRM is a 
nonprofit professional association devoted to furthering the development 
and application of magnetic resonance techniques in medicine and biology. 

Alexander A. (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming
 Hsieh Department said: "The Ming Hsieh EE faculty join with me in 
acknowledging this recognition of Krishna's exceptional research
 accomplishments in magnetic resonance imaging and its medical

Krishna previously won the Viterbi School’s Junior Research Award 2007 for his contributions to MRI systems and cardiac imaging and a 2008 USC-Mellon award for mentoring graduate students.