News | August 27, 2007

ASU Awarded $1 Million Grant to Advance Diagnostic Imaging

August 28, 2007 – Arizona State University (ASU) recently announced that they have received the National Science Foundation grant, the largest grant amount ever awarded to fund mathematics research at ASU, awarded to support a project aimed at making advances in medical technology to improve magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The National Science Foundation grant will provide $1 million over three years to the project titled “Mathematical Foundations of Magnetic Resonance Imaging” led by Rosemary Renaut, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The project involves a partnership with the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) in Phoenix, particularly with the institute’s MRI system designers, James Pipe and Josef Debbins.

The team’s will work be to increase the understanding of the mathematics and algorithms necessary to improve the clarity of magnetic resonance images, and increase the speed at which images can be produced. The research also should enable development of advanced diagnostic methods that can more precisely depict moving tissues, such as a beating heart or blood flowing in veins.

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