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Seminar - Imaging of the working brain with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Date: October 12, 2001
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Commonwealth, Room: 410

Speaker(s):
Dr. Feroze Mohamed, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiological Sciences at Medical College of Pennsylvania/HU

Details:
The cross-sectional imaging modalities such as Ultrasound (US), Computed Tomography (CT), & Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has given the ability to radiological & imaging scientists to visualize human morphology with unprecedented display of normal anatomy of living individual as well as pathological images of organs and diseases. However during the last decade it has become increasingly evident that, in addition to their morphological dimension, some of these imaging modalities also possess a great potential for providing dynamic and functional information on physiologic and physiopathology process of human body. As a result several technological advances were made and functional imaging using Doppler, CT and MRI are now routinely used in clinical practice in many institutions.
Recent advances in the field of MRI have shown new and exciting results on the application of functional MRI to the cardiovascular systems and the brain. Special and curious circumstances led to the development of a breakthrough method called functional MRI, based on Blood Oxygenation Level Dependant (BOLD) phenomenon, which offers a tremendous ability to visualize cognitive, behavioral and perceptive processes in a non-invasively manner. The use of functional MRI in clinical and research applications has significantly increased over the past decade becoming one of major disciplines and exciting research fields to study brain functions. With Functional MRI our ability to visualize active processes occurring in the human brain has ignited a great deal of interest among scientists to conduct research in this exciting field. On the cutting edge of the most recent development, several other functional MRI techniques have spawned, including sodium imaging, current density imaging and diffusion tensor imaging. In this upcoming seminar we will review the concepts of the functional MRI, its applications as well as new developments and frontiers.

Biosketch:
Feroze Mohamed graduated from P.S.G College of Technology (India) in 1990 with B.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and later obtained his M.S & Ph.D., in Biomedical Engineering in 1993 & 1996 respectively at Drexel University. His research interests are in Ultra Fast Magnetic Resonance Imaging techniques for NeuroImaging Applications & functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain. He is the Co-Director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Laboratory at MCP/Hahnemann University. Currently he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiological Sciences at Medical College of Pennsylvania/HU, Philadelphia.

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