Clinical MRI Research in Human Brain Mapping

  • Hamidreza Saligherad ORCID Mail Quantitative MR Imaging and Spectroscopy Group, Research Center for Molecular and Cellular Imaging, Advanced Medical Technologies and Equipment Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Anahita Fathi Kazerooni ORCID Quantitative MR Imaging and Spectroscopy Group, Research Center for Molecular and Cellular Imaging, Advanced Medical Technologies and Equipment Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Hanieh Mobarak Salari ORCID Quantitative MR Imaging and Spectroscopy Group, Research Center for Molecular and Cellular Imaging, Advanced Medical Technologies and Equipment Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Keywords:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Human Brain Mapping, Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging research, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physicist, NeuroRadiologist, Neuro-Imaging

Abstract

The core mission of clinical MRI in Human Brain Mapping (HBM) is formed in a cycle of research, education and practice. Learning the effective diagnostic and treatment planning procedures occurs not in the classrooms but through engagement in active research. Clinical MRI research for HBM initiates with strategic and necessary demands of clinicians, e.g. neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc. who need specific clinical MRI acquisition and quantification techniques for better, faster and more accurate diagnostic and follow-up procedures. Neuro-radiologists are responsible for all aspects of a research MRI examination, including assessment of patient’s clinical symptoms, assigning the imaging protocol, reviewing the acquired images for their quality and interpretations, and finally, preparing the reports. MR physicists with their unique scientific qualifications and perception of clinical requirements play a critical role in optimization of the existing protocols, establishment of research investigations and development of effective techniques (including pulse sequences, analysis and quantification software, etc.) for clinical application of MRI in HBM, when responsibility of a clinical scientist is minimal when the research methodology development starts while the physicist starts with the maximum responsibility to develop the methodology, and vice versa when the methodology development progresses from early to the end stages closer to the clinical practice.

Published
2020-09-30
How to Cite
1.
Saligherad H, Fathi Kazerooni A, Mobarak Salari H. Clinical MRI Research in Human Brain Mapping. Frontiers Biomed Technol. 7(3):138-141.
Section
Editorial