The purpose of our lab is to advance the understanding, treatment, and prevention of neurologic disease by developing, implementing and validating novel imaging techniques. Although the techniques developed are often applicable to a host of neurologic conditions, there is a particular focus on using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in vascular brain disease. Although our techniques are primarily aimed at the management of stroke, they are likely to have a broad impact, improving imaging of patients with brain tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury.
The driving concepts behind our innovations are:
- The current approach to how MRI scans are used in health care is inadequate due to a lack of quantification. Replacing or complementing qualitative assessments with quantitative assessments facilitates standardization, can be used to generate predictive models, and is a key component in any well-designed clinical trial.
- There is substantial information in the MRI scans that we are currently using in health care that is not being extracted. By developing new methods for processing images we hope to discover unrecognized measures of disease states to help guide our diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
- MRI has become a household word and is widely recognized as the definitive technique for imaging the brain. However, despite having revolutionized medicine, MRI is still in its infancy and we must continue to pursue new ways to use MRI to understand physiologic and pathologic processes.
To learn more about the Neuro Vascular Brain Imaging Laboratory, please call 410.614.2381.