CSE Spring Seminar Series

Jeffrey L. Duerk, Ph.D.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging: My Training Ground Toward Becoming Dean of the Case School of Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Nord 310
March 9, 2012

Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy has it’s basis in the quantum mechanical properties of components of an atom’s nucleus (ECHE). Detection relies on large electromagnets (resistive and superconducting (DMSE), large energy pulsed magnetic fields (Teslas) at the kilohertz and radiofrequency (MHz) frequencies, signal processing/digitization, and numerical algorithms (e.g., Fourier transforms (EECS). The forces and torques generated within the systems during normal operations can be several MegaNewtons and are both static and variable necessitating novel designs to manage the generated forces (EMAE). The spatial resolution can be on the order of microns in biological samples. These systems can weigh up to 100,000 pounds and thus provide unique installation challenges as system vibrations must be minimized often necessitating placement on unique structural foundation (ECIV). Biologically, they are used to detect pathology, measure blood flow, perform guided procedures (EBME), oftentimes requiring the use of novel types of injectable contrast agents with macromolecular and chelating molecules structures (EMAC). The basics of MRI intersection of each of these engineering disciplines in the development of MRI over the past 40 years will be the focus of this talk.


Dean and Leonard Case Professor of Engineering