Total Body PET 2021 conference [rescheduled] Sep 22, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021 — Virtual Meeting (online)
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SINAPSE experts from around Scotland have developed ten online modules designed to explain medical imaging. They are freely available and are intended for non-specialists.

Edinburgh Imaging Academy at the University of Edinburgh offers the following online programmes through a virtual learning environment:

Neuroimaging for Research MSc/Dip/Cert

Imaging MSc/Dip/Cert

PET-MR Principles & Applications Cert

Applied Medical Image Analysis Cert

Online Short Courses

Mr Gavin Merrifield

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Position: SINAPSE-Spirit PhD Student
Department: Medical Physics SINAPSE

Description of Phd:


This project will seek to translate advanced MR neuroimaging protocols from human to preclinical imaging, particularly those where the high field strength and small scale of preclinical imaging requires significant changes in parameters, or even a different type of sequence. Specific examples may include, but are not limited to, FLAIR, arterial spin labelling for estimation of cerebral blood flow, flow compensation, and functional MRI. The project will involve (i) observation of imaging in the human; (ii) assessment of the needs specific to preclinical imaging; (iii) development, implementation and refinement of the pulse sequences on the preclinical scanner; (iv) evaluation with in-vitro phantoms; (v) evaluation in preclinical studies as appropriate.  The student will benefit from the academic and clinical environment of the host university, coupled with the technical and engineering resources of the industrial partner Varian. A particular feature is that the student will spend several weeks based in Varian’s imaging centre, and will have access to specialist scientists and engineers there. The project outcome will be tested preclinical neuroimaging protocols that yield structural and functional information equivalent to the corresponding human protocols.