Within the past 30 years, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) became the most important method to visualize the entire structure of living organisms. In addition to anatomical imaging, MRI and MRS methods provide valuable insights into the functions of living organisms. MRI and MRS are without any ionizing radiation and without any other type of noteworthy harm to the organisms.
In close cooperation with the physicians of the clinic of radiology and neuroradiology the goal of our research is to further improve the sensitivity and specificity of these magnetic resonance methods by using advanced contrast mechanism like diffusion, magnetization transfer and susceptibility mapping. Another very important research aim is to increase the temporal and spatial resolution of these imaging techniques for a more precise diagnostics and for patient comfort. For this, the clinic of radiology and neuroradiology is equipped with a state-of the-art 3 Tesla (Achieva TX, Philips) and 1.5 Tesla (Aera, Siemens) whole body scanners.