Seminar: Medical Imaging at the University of Utah: The Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research
Mar 26, 2012 1:00 AM
Dennis L. Parker
Location: HSEB 4100B
Date: Mar. 29, 2012
Time: 4:15 pm
The Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research (UCAIR) was formed in about 2002, building on a collection of PhD scientists whose research in Radiology extend back to the mid 1970's. The interests of these scientists have spanned from developing new technology (such as new x-ray, optical, ultrasound, and MRI devices) to developing new methods for data acquisition and analysis. UCAIR became a formal University of Utah Center in about 2003, and since has been providing imaging infrastructure and collaborations throughout campus. Without dwelling too much on the past, this talk will attempt to provide an overview of the breadth of research that is ongoing, with some emphasis on the technology that is unique to the University of Utah.
Dennis L. Parker is a medical physicist with over 30 years experience in research in physics applied to medical imaging. He obtained his PhD in Medical Biophysics and Computing in 1978 working on ultrasound imaging. At UCSF he had the opportunity to work on developing novel CT scanners and also published an early paper showing that you could measure temperature with MRI. He was recruited back to the University of Utah to the same department, but moved his primary office to Radiology in 1992. His passion has been to develop a program where students could make contributions in medical imaging research and this has culminated in the formation of UCAIR. He has maintained his faculty appointment in BMI, but his time is mainly spent trying to keep UCAIR funded. His research at the University of Utah has spanned many areas, but the main focus has been magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His students and he have made contributions in MR angiography, MR thermometry, MRI guided therapy, and general MRI.