Research Projects

Robust Pediatric MRI


Michael Lustig, Shreyas Vasanawala1, Kurt Keutzer and Mark Murphy

Pediatric body MRI poses unique challenges of imaging small moving anatomic structures without patient cooperation, resulting in a need for anesthesia, long exam times, and lack of robustness. We will exploit synergies of high field strength, high density receive coils, new motion correction strategies, and novel imaging acceleration methods to dramatically improve image quality and speed. This work will ultimately enable more body MRI exams to be performed robustly without sedation or anesthesia, thus increasing MRI safety and availability and decreasing the dose of ionizing radiation from CT to a particularly vulnerable population.

Shreyas S Vasanawala, Marc T. Alley, Richard A. Barth, John M. Pauly and Michael Lustig, Improved Pediatric MR Imaging with Compressed Sensing, Radiology, 2010 Aug;256(2):607-16
Michael Lustig, David L Donoho and John M Pauly, Sparse MRI: The Application of Compressed Sensing for Rapid MR Imaging, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2007 Dec.; 58(6):1182-1195.
Michael Lustig and John M. Pauly, SPIRiT: Iterative Self-consistent Parallel Imaging reconstruction from Arbitrary k-Space, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2010 Aug;64(2):457-71

1Stanford University