MRI in Medicine

Magnetic Resonance Imaging physics in medicine is continuously evolving and improving. This research line tries to keep updated to the latest MR techniques to facilitate clinical research and the best patient care.

My primary objective as MR Physicist is to implement and develop novel MR imaging techniques to provide best practice tools for clinical researchers in order to use the best technology in patient care and diagnosis. This has a strong connection with high quality MRI data acquisition improving the reproducibility and sensitivity to take MR beyond morphology-based diagnosis. The underlying physical parameters and their connection to biological processes and pathologies offer the potential for making MRI a quantitative diagnostic tool. I am exploring with my team applications of parametric imaging in order to establish pathology specific cut-off values, to provide pipe-lines for longitudinal studies and to facilitate treatment monitoring.

Expectations & Directions

In MR, the ambition is to grow, attract further talented PhD students and post-doctoral fellows in order to widen and solidify the technology related expertise in the group. The group needs to play two main roles:

  • provide service for clinical researchers
  • contribute to MR technology through innovation in novel imaging techniques

The growing number of partnerships with researchers and manufacturers of different fields requires competent MR Physicists who channel their knowledge to the respective medical or technical fields with a strong hinterland: a coherent group of MR Physicists. The knowledge in the field of MR Physics is quite broad ranging from hands-on electronics to theoretical physics through computer simulation and experimental skills. Sub-specialization within the group needs to be established.

Biography

Prof. Juan Hernandez-Tamames received his MSc degree in Physics from Complutense University in Madrid (Spain) in 1992. He received his PhD degree (cum laude) in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic University also in Madrid in 1999 with a dissertation about Wavelet Transforms in fMRI.  He obtained several academic positions as Assistant Professor at Complutense University and at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid between 1999 and 2002. In 2000 he was visiting professor at the Institute of Psychiatry in London (King’s College of London). In 2002 he obtained a permanent position as Associate Professor at Rey Juan Carlos University. From 2004 to 2015 he was the Head of Medical Image Analysis and Biometry Lab at Rey Juan Carlos University. From 2007 to 2014 he was the head of the Electronics Department at Rey Juan Carlos University. From 2008 to 2014 he was the director of the MR Physics Group at the Queen Sofia Research Center for Alzheimer’s Disease in Madrid. From 2010 to 2015 he was faculty of the MIT program M+Vision for medical imaging training and mentoring. Since 2015 Associate Professor and Principal Investigator of Physics in MR TechnologyErasmus MC, department of Radiology & Nuclear Medicine: Head of MR Physics Research Group. He was member of the management committee of the EU COST Action “ASL in Dementia”. Since 2017 he is honorary full professor at Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid).  He has been PI of several national and international research projects. Since 2020 he has a double appointment (0.2 FTE) in the department of Imaging Physics in TU Delft..