Introduction

These pages describe our research project on Fast Field-Cycling Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Please use the navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the project's background, our facilities, techniques, applications, people, funding and publications.

This research is being carried out in the College of Life Sciences and Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, in the North-East of Scotland. We are associated with the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre. Aberdeen is lead partner in the EU-funded Horizon-2020 research project "IDentIFY" (Improving Diagnosis by Fast Field-Cycling MRI).

Our FFC-MRI project involves making a step change in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, by breaking one of its fundamental "laws" - that the applied magnetic field must be held constant during image acquisition. By deliberately switching the magnetic field during the collection of MR images, we are able to gain access to radically new types of endogenous contrast.

The project is generating the enabling technlogy to make FFC-MRI an invaluable tool for basic biomedical research, through to clinical research and diagnosis. We are also heavily involved with projects to investigate biological and medical applications of FFC-MRI.

In this video, Prof. David Lurie explains the rationale behind FFC-MRI and its potential benefits. David Lurie and post-doctoral Fellow Lionel Broche are seen with the team's experimental FFC-MRI scanners.