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2016 Medical Imaging Technology Fair

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fitzpatrick Center – Schiciano Auditorium A & Pre-Function Area

Kim Butts-Pauly

Visionary Speaker: Kim Butts Pauly, Ph.D., Stanford University

MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound: Ablation to BBB opening to Neuromodulation

Abstract: Using a large area transducer, ultrasound can be focused deep into the body without any damage to intervening tissue. In ablative applications in the brain, MRI is used for targeting and for monitoring tissue temperature. It is important to assess that an effective temperature rise is achieved at the target, without heating nearby tissue. I will describe our MR thermometry methods that are robust to patient motion. Another important application of focused ultrasound is opening the blood-brain barrier for the delivery of therapeutics, such as chemotherapy and antibodies. In ultrasound-based neuromodulation, the brain is directly stimulated, eliciting behavior such as limb twitches in rodents. For both these applications, I will describe our work to calibrate the beam pressure with patient-specific CT-based simulation and MR acoustic radiation force imaging.

Biography: Kim Butts Pauly obtained a B.S. in Physics from Duke University. She received a Ph.D. from the Mayo Graduate School where she studied diagnostic MRI physics.  After a short postdoc at Stanford, she joined the faculty in the Department of Radiology at Stanford in 1996. Her work is currently focused on MRI-guided focused ultrasound in applications ranging from cancer treatment to functional disorders. She currently has courtesy appointments in both Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and is division chief for the Radiological Sciences Laboratory within Radiology.

The 2016 Imaging Technology Fair, which was co-sponsored with the Center for In Vivo Microscopy, included a talk by Visionary Seminar speaker, Dr. Kim Butts-Pauly, Professor of Radiology at Stanford University. Dr. Butts-Pauly's current research includes MRI-guided focused ultrasound in applications ranging from cancer treatment to functional disorders.

A poster session and reception followed Dr. Butts-Pauly's seminar. Over 20 graduate students and post-docs were on-hand at the poster session to highlight their medical imaging-related research.

Winners of the 2016 Imaging Technology Fair

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Most exciting new imaging technology:

Ashlyn Rickard

Most exciting new image processing technology:

David Cunefare

Best overall:

Rakhilin and Barth