Allison H. Payne, PhD

Research Interests

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI
  • Image-Guided High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Therapy


Lab Website


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Bioengineering - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Radiology and Imaging Sciences - Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Radiology Research

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-1448
  • Imaging and Neurosciences Center
    Radiology and Imaging Sciences
    729 Arapeen Way
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

I am a mechanical engineer with expertise in thermal therapies; specifically magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound. My research contributes to the translation and dissemination of this exciting technology through the development of new hardware, advanced treatment planning and monitoring and assessment techniques. During the past 10 years, I have led the team that designed a constructed a breast-specific MRgFUS system that is currently in clinical trials in Europe for treating breast cancer. I have additional expertise in mechanical design, MR imaging, temperature measurement, acoustic radiation force imaging and acoustic modeling.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Utah
Interventional MRI
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Training University of Utah
Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate University of Utah
Mechanical Engineering

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Hadley JR, Oden H, Merrill R, Adams SI, Rieke V, Payne A, Parker DL (2021). Improving image quality in transcranial magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound using a conductive screen. Magn Reson Imaging, 83, 41-49.
  2. Zimmerman BE, Johnson SL, Oden HA, Shea JE, Factor RE, Joshi SC, Payne AH (2021). Histology to 3D in vivo MR registration for volumetric evaluation of MRgFUS treatment assessment biomarkers. Sci Rep, 11(1), 18923.
  3. Payne A, Chopra R, Ellens N, Chen L, Ghanouni P, Sammet S, Diederich C, Ter Haar G, Parker D, Moonen C, Stafford J, Moros E, Schlesinger D, Benedict S, Wear K, Partanen A, Farahani K (2021). AAPM Task Group 241: A medical physicist's guide to MRI-guided focused ultrasound body systems. Med Phys, 48(9), e772-e806.
  4. McLean M, Parker DL, Oden H, Payne A (2021). A T1-based correction method for proton resonance frequency shift thermometry in breast tissue. Med Phys, 48(9), 4719-4729.
  5. Cross CG, Payne AH, Hawryluk GW, Haag-Roeger R, Cheeniyil R, Brady D, Oden H, Minoshima S, Cross DJ, Anzai Y (2021). Technical Note: Quantification of blood-spinal cord barrier permeability after application of magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound in spinal cord injury. Med Phys, 48(8), 4395-4401.
  6. Merrill R, Oden H, Dillon C, Bitton R, Ghanouni P, Payne A (2021). Design and evaluation of an open-source, conformable skin-cooling system for body magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound treatments. Int J Hyperthermia, 38(1), 679-690.
  7. Hofstetter LW, Odeen H, Bolster BD, Christensen D, Payne A, Parker DL (2020). Magnetic resonance shear wave elastography using transient acoustic radiation force excitations and sinusoidal displacement encoding. (Epub ahead of print) Phys Med Biol.
  8. Zimmerman B, Johnson S, Oden H, Shea J, Foote MD, Winkler N, Joshi S, Payne A (2020). Learning multiparametric biomarkers for assessing MR-guided focused ultrasound treatments. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, In Press.
  9. A Payne, R Merrill, E Minalga, JR Hadley, H Oden, LW Hofstetter, S Johnson, C Tunon de Lara, S Auriol, S Recoo, E Dumont, DL Parker, J Palussiere (2020). A breast-specific MR guided focused ultrasound platform and treatment protocol: first-in-human technical evaluation. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, In Press.
  10. Payne A, Minalga E, Merrill R, Parker DL, Hadley JR (2020). Technical Note: Effect of transducer position and ground plane configuration on image quality in MR-guided focused ultrasound therapies. Med Phys, 47(6), 2350-2355.
  11. Hofstetter LW, Fausett L, Mueller A, Oden H, Payne A, Christensen DA, Parker DL (2020). Development and characterization of a tissue mimicking psyllium husk gelatin phantom for ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. Int J Hyperthermia, 37(1), 283-290.
  12. Dillon C, Rezvani M, McLean H, Adelman M, Dassel M, Jarboe E, Jant-Amsbury M, Payne A (2019). A tissue preparation to characterize uterine fibroid tissue properties for thermal therapies. Med Phys, 46(8), 3344-3355.
  13. Svedin BT, Payne A, Parker DL (2019). Simultaneous proton resonance frequency shift thermometry and T1 measurements using a single reference variable flip angle T1 method. Magn Reson Med, 81(5), 3138-3152.
  14. Hofstetter LW, Oden H, Bolster BD Jr, Mueller A, Christensen DA, Payne A, Parker DL (2019). Efficient shear wave elastography using transient acoustic radiation force excitations and MR displacement encoding. Magn Reson Med, 81(5), 3153-3167.
  15. Svedin BT, Payne A, Bolster BD Jr, Parker DL (2017). Multiecho pseudo-golden angle stack of stars thermometry with high spatial and temporal resolution using k-space weighted image contrast. Magn Reson Med, 79(3), 1407-1419.
  16. Shea J, de Bever J, Kholmovski E, Beal H, Hadley JR, Minalga E, Salama ME, Marrouche NF, Payne A (2017). Effect of applied energy in renal sympathetic denervation with magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound in a porcine model. J Ther Ultrasound, 5, 16.
  17. Frazier N, Payne A, Dillon C, Subrahmanyam N, Ghandehari H (2017). Enhanced efficacy of combination heat shock targeted polymer therapeutics with high intensity focused ultrasound. Nanomedicine, 13(3), 1235-1243.
  18. Frazier N, Payne A, de Bever J, Dillon C, Panda A, Subrahmanyam N, Ghandehari H (2016). High intensity focused ultrasound hyperthermia for enhanced macromolecular delivery. J Control Release, 241, 186-193.
  19. Farrer AI, Almquist S, Dillon CR, Neumayer LA, Parker DL, Christensen DA, Payne A (2016). Phase aberration simulation study of MRgFUS breast treatments. Med Phys, 43(3), 1374-84.
  20. Koopmann M, Shea J, Kholmovski E, de Bever J, Minalga E, Holbrook M, Merrill R, Hadley JR, Owan T, Salama ME, Marrouche NF, Payne A (2016). Renal sympathetic denervation using MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound in a porcine model. J Ther Ultrasound, 4, 3.
  21. Dillon CR, Borasi G, Payne A (2016). Analytical estimation of ultrasound properties, thermal diffusivity, and perfusion using magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound temperature data. Phys Med Biol, 61(2), 923-36.
  22. Dillon C, Roemer R, Payne A (2015). Magnetic resonance temperature imaging-based quantification of blood flow-related energy losses. NMR Biomed, 28(7), 840-51.
  23. Payne A, de Bever J, Farrer A, Coats B, Parker DL, Christensen DA (2015). A simulation technique for 3D MR-guided acoustic radiation force imaging. Med Phys, 42(2), 674-84.
  24. Payne A, Todd N, Minalga E, Wang Y, Diakite M, Hadley R, Merrill R, Factor R, Neumayer L, Parker DL (2013). In vivo evaluation of a breast-specific magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound system in a goat udder model. Med Phys, 40(7), 073302.
  25. Minalga E, Payne A, Merrill R, Todd N, Vijayakumar S, Kholmovski E, Parker DL, Hadley JR (2013). An 11-channel radio frequency phased array coil for magnetic resonance guided high-intensity focused ultrasound of the breast. Magn Reson Med, 69(1), 295-302.
  26. Todd N, Diakite M, Payne A, Parker DL (2013). Hybrid proton resonance frequency/T1 technique for simultaneous temperature monitoring in adipose and aqueous tissues. Magn Reson Med, 69(1), 62-70.
  27. Payne A, Merrill R, Minalga E, Vyas U, de Bever J, Todd N, Hadley R, Dumont E, Neumayer L, Christensen D, Roemer R, Parker D (2012). Design and characterization of a laterally mounted phased-array transducer breast-specific MRgHIFU device with integrated 11-channel receiver array. Med Phys, 39(3), 1552-60.
  28. Payne A, Vyas U, Todd N, de Bever J, Christensen DA, Parker DL (2011). The effect of electronically steering a phased array ultrasound transducer on near-field tissue heating. Med Phys, 38(9), 4971-81.
  29. Todd N, Adluru G, Payne A, DiBella EV, Parker D (2009). Temporally constrained reconstruction applied to MRI temperature data. Magn Reson Med, 62(2), 406-19.


  1. A. Payne, J.R. Hadley, R. Merrill, E. Minalga, D. Parker, L. Lighty (2019). Therapeutic Ultrasound Breast Treatment. U.S. Patent No. 00846-U5763.PCT. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  2. (2019). Simultaneous proton resonance frequency shift thermometry and T1 measurements using a single reference variable flip angle method.
  3. Parker DL, Payne A, de Bever J, Christensen DA (2019). Elastography imaging with magnetic resonance imaging guided focused ultrasound. U.S. Patent No. 16/070,237. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  4. Marrouche N, Parker D, Payne A (2015). Image-Guided TIssue Ablation. U.S. Patent No. 14/709,366. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.