Dennis L. Parker, PhD

Research Interests

  • Mathematics and Physics of Medical Imaging with Emphasis on Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • MR Angiography (Rapid Scanning and High Resolution)
  • Improved Small Vessel Detail in Magnetic Resonance Angiography
  • Human Carotid Artery Plaque Imaging and Analysis
  • MR-Guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Both transcranial MRgHIFU and a Breast-Specific MRgHIFU Device
  • MR Mammography
  • Composite MRI Gradient Systems
  • Custom MR Coils - Optic Nerve


Lab Website


  • English
  • French
  • German

Academic Information

  • Departments: Bioengineering - Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Informatics - Professor, Radiology and Imaging Sciences - Professor
  • Divisions: Radiology Research
  • Cancer Center Programs: Experimental Therapeutics

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-8654
  • Imaging & Neurosciences Center
    Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research (UCAIR)
    729 Arapeen Dr
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Dennis Parker earned his MS in Physics from Brigham Young University and his PhD in Medical Biophysics and Computing from the University of Utah. He is the Mark H. Huntsman endowed Professor, Radiology and Biomedical Informatics, and Director of the Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research. Dr. Parker is also an investigator of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program.With more than 35 years of experience in medical imaging research and image guided therapies, Dr. Parker has extensively published in his areas of expertise. These areas include: physics and mathematics of medical imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA), and MR guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MRgHIFU) in breast and pancreatic cancer, as well as general cancer magnetic resonance imaging.Prior to joining the University of Utah in 1982 as an assistant professor, Dr. Parker was an assistant professor at the University of California at San Francisco. In 2000, he received the Distinguished Research Award from University of Utah and prior to this was appointed President of the Magnetic Resonance Angiography Club (1998). He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineers (2008).“After earning my BS in Physics, I read the book The Double Helix and realized that physics could be used in medical/biological research. During my PhD, I became interested in the great potential of computers and how they could be used, in combination with physics, to develop new methods of medical imaging. I found it very fulfilling to be able to use physics and computer science to develop technology that could see things in the body that have never been seen before. This has kept me on a challenging but fascinating journey, developing an educational/research program in medical imaging research.”Google Scholar:

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Medical Biophysics & Computing
Graduate Training Brigham Young University
Undergraduate Brigham Young University

Clinical Trials

Department News