PhD doctoral scholarship in musculoskeletal magnetic resonance imaging
University of Antwerp
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is key for diagnosing knee injuries and monitoring recovery after surgery. However, conventional MRI has limitations in terms of image resolution and quality. The principal goal of this PhD project is to apply and evaluate a super-resolution reconstruction (SRR) framework for high-resolution 3D imaging of the knee, with a particular focus on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and associated injuries. Next, we will use advanced quantitative MRI techniques to identify biomarkers (T2* and diffusion) of ACL tendon graft healing, which would open up exciting possibilities to help inform return to sports after ACL surgery and evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments to accelerate ACL graft healing. MRI data acquisition and reconstruction is performed in collaboration with the imec-Vision Lab of UAntwerp (dept. of physics). You will also perform ex vivo ultra-high field MRI in knee cadaver ligament and tendon tissue. Finally, optimized MRI protocols will be tested in volunteers and patients at the MRI department of the Antwerp University Hospital (UZA).
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