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Advances in MRI Techniques and Applications


1Columbia University, New York, USA

2University of Vermont, Burlington, USA

3Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

4University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA

Advances in MRI Techniques and Applications


The past decade has witnessed a rapid development and wide proliferation of MR imaging techniques. The technical development is marked not only by the improvement and optimization of conventional MR imaging techniques but also by the emerging of new modalities such as MRE and DWIBS (diffusion-weighted whole-body imaging with background body signal suppression) and new techniques such as compressed sensing MRI and chemical exchange saturation transfer MRI (CEST-MRI). The wide proliferation of MRI techniques has led to ever-increasing applications of MR imaging and enormous new findings in basic biomedical research as well as clinical sciences. This special issue aims at reflecting the advances in MR imaging techniques and applications. We invite investigators to contribute original research articles in a wide range of fields related to the techniques and applications of MR imaging. We also welcome review articles.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Advances in MRI techniques:
    • Fast data acquisition and image reconstruction: New pulse sequences, parallel imaging, compressed sensing, and multiband acquisition
    • Postprocessing: denoising, artifacts correction, segmentation, registration, and classification
    • Quantitative MRI techniques: Relaxometry, arterial spin labeling (ALS), and magnetic resonance spectroscopy imaging (MRSI)
    • Multimodel MR techniques: Anatomical and functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), ALS, susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI), etc.
    • Multicoil techniques: Multichannel receiver coil and multichannel transmit coil
    • Emerging techniques: Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), chemical exchange saturation transfer MRI (CEST-MRI), magnetic resonance fingerprinting (MRF), DWIBS, and 4-dimensional MRI (4D MRI)
  • Advances in MRI applications:
    • Brain connectivity and brain function
    • Neuroimaging for brain development, mental disorder, and degenerating disease
    • MRI-guided radiation therapy
    • DWIBS in cancer diagnoses, differentiation, and grading
    • Body imaging: abdominal, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, lung, liver, breast, and prostate
    • Applications of multimodal MRI techniques such as MRI, DWI, perfusion weighted imaging (PWI), SWI, MRE, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), and MR mammography (MRM)
    • Applications of multimodal imaging techniques such as PET/MRI and CT/MRI


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 234345
  • - Research Article

Evaluation of the Contribution of Signals Originating from Large Blood Vessels to Signals of Functionally Specific Brain Areas

Jun-Young Chung | Yul-Wan Sung | Seiji Ogawa
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 542467
  • - Review Article

A Window into the Brain: Advances in Psychiatric fMRI

Xiaoyan Zhan | Rongjun Yu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 131926
  • - Research Article

Compressed Sensing for fMRI: Feasibility Study on the Acceleration of Non-EPI fMRI at 9.4T

Paul Kyu Han | Sung-Hong Park | ... | Jong Chul Ye
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 842923
  • - Research Article

Tumour Relapse Prediction Using Multiparametric MR Data Recorded during Follow-Up of GBM Patients

Adrian Ion-Margineanu | Sofie Van Cauter | ... | Sabine Van Huffel
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 647510
  • - Research Article

MRI Guided Brain Stimulation without the Use of a Neuronavigation System

Ehsan Vaghefi | Peng Cai | ... | Benjamin Thompson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 307943
  • - Clinical Study

Pretreatment Diffusion-Weighted MRI Can Predict the Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Guo-Yi Zhang | Yue-Jian Wang | ... | Ying Huang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 212693
  • - Review Article

Resting-State fMRI in MS: General Concepts and Brief Overview of Its Application

Emilia Sbardella | Nikolaos Petsas | ... | Patrizia Pantano
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