Wayne State University

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In a recent New England Journal of Medicine article, it has been stated that "Imaging is one of the top ten discoveries in the last 1,000 years." At Wayne State University (WSU), we are of the same thought. Although there are many imaging efforts going on throughout WSU, we at the Magnetic Resonance Research Facility (MRRF) focus on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a non-invasive, non-ionizing technique to produce high quality images of the inside of the human body. MRI is relatively new having been developed in the 1970's but has quickly become the umbrella of all imaging modalities and a field which is constantly expanding its horizons and growing rapidly. Wayne State researchers at MRRF are actively involved in the development of these new MR methods.

The MRRF, located in Harper Hospital, has a strong emphasis on education, in addition to research. The MR center has consistently attracted MR visionaries and scientists who have provided excellent guidance to numerous graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees and the training of research oriented residents and faculty alike. Currently, the MR center is focusing on the usage of MR techniques in patients with aging, breast cancer, diabetic retinopathy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, trauma, tumors and fetal imaging to name a few. The center is working to develop and apply revolutionary MR methods for early detection of disease and monitoring of treatment in these patients. Ultimately, the MR center hopes that research performed by the many basic and clinical scientists here will lead to a better understanding of human physiology and disease. The faculty of the MR center not only perform their own research but unselfishly support the implementation of MR methods (through education, assistance in experimental design, and data collection and analysis) and promotes their usage to the Wayne State University scientific community and beyond.