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Biomedical Magnetic Resonance

Department 8.1



The department engages in method development for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS).

Specific methodological aspects of MRI are covered by currently four research groups: physical basics and safety (8.11); quantitative MRI and MRS applications in neuroscience studies in cooperation with clinical research groups (8.12); data acquisition and image reconstruction algorithms for motion correction and multimodal imaging (8.13); excitation and acquisition techniques specifically designed to harvest the potential of 'ultrahigh' (7T) magnetic fields (8.14).
Central research tool is a whole-body 3-tesla MR scanner. Additionally, the department is engaged in the Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility which is operating a 7-tesla whole body scanner.


In many clinical MRI examinations, contrast agents containing Gd are used to better visualize blood vessels or certain organs. Since it was discovered about 10 years ago that this can lead to long-term depositions of gadolinium in the brain, the question of the underlying mechanisms -when and how are such depositions occurring?- has been of the highest scientific interest. Patrick Schünke from...

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Together with scientists from the German Cancer Research (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and the Leibniz institute for molecular pharmacology (FMP) in Berlin, Patrick Schünke (PTB) published an article in the scientific journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. The article entitled "Rapid analytical CEST spectroscopy of competitive host–guest interactions using spatial parallelization with a combined...

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The Electromagnetic (EM)/Circuit cosimulation method represents an effective strategy to address problems where a radiative structure has to interact with external supporting circuitries. For this reason, this method is generally exploited in the design of radiofrequency (RF) coils for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Especially when multi-element transmit coils are involved, the EM/Circuit...

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