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  • Improved Myocardial Arterial Spin Labeled Perfusion Imaging

    Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Hung Phi Do, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: Improved Myocardial Arterial Spin Labeled Perfusion Imaging

    Series: Medical Imaging Seminar Series

    Abstract: Coronary artery disease (CAD) affects more than 15.5 million Americans and causes approximately 310,000 deaths per year. Several different diagnostic tests are performed to diagnose and manage this disease. One of the most common is perfusion stress testing, primarily performed using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) or first-pass cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). These methods require the use of ionizing radiation or exogenous contrast agents that carry associated risks to patients, especially those who require frequent assessment or have kidney dysfunction. Myocardial arterial spin labeling (ASL) is a promising MRI-based perfusion imaging method that can quantitatively measure myocardial tissue perfusion without the use of ionizing radiation or exogenous contrast agents. Its feasibility has been previously demonstrated by our lab, however several challenges remain, including low sensitivity, coarse spatial resolution, and limited spatial coverage. The contributions of this dissertation are (1) improving sensitivity, (2) exploring clinical applications, and (3) developing a new and advantageous labeling method for myocardial ASL.

    Biography: Hung Phi Do is a Physics Ph.D. student working under the supervision of Prof. Nayak at the Magnetic Resonance Engineering Laboratory. His research focuses are MR physics and MR pulse sequence development for quantitative cardiovascular magnetic resonance. He received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2014, a Diploma in Physics from the International Center for Theoretical Physics in 2009, and a B.S. in Physics from the Hanoi National University of Education in 2007.

    Host: Prof. Krishna Nayak

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - PHE223

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White


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