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Dan Ma, PhD

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

School of Medicine




Our research focuses on the development and clinical translation of novel quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology, to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. 

Clinical decisions currently rely heavily on invasive procedures, such as biopsies and surgical implants. There is a pressing clinical need to develop non-invasive, low-risk, time and cost efficient methods for improved diagnosis and treatment management. Our goal is to address this clinical need by developing an efficient MR imaging acquisition and post-processing framework to provide non-invasive, fast and comprehensive information for clinical decision support.

Ongoing work focuses on:

  • Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF). MRF is a novel quantitative MR imaging technique developed in our lab which permits non-invasive quantification of multiple tissue properties within clinically feasible time.

  • Multi-parametric MR acquisition, reconstruction, signal modeling and post-processing.

  • Clinical translation of MR Fingerprinting in early detection and characterization of neurological diseases such as epilepsy, brain tumors, and multiple sclerosis.

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