3D Active-MRI

Recent News

A journal paper on active-MRI of the wrist was published in PLoS ONE on December 31st, 2013. Congratulations, team!

Brief description

Snapshots of the wrist during continuous active motion. (Youtube video 1, Youtube video 2)

Our research group is developing MRI protocols to perform dynamic imaging of joints such as those of the wrist and hand during active motion. We term this type of imaging active-MRI (aMRI). The goal of our initial work is to generate 3D (X, Y, and time) images of the wrist joint during active motion and study conditions such as dynamic wrist instability and osteoarthritis.

Recently, we have performed 4D imaging of individual joints of the hand.

Research team

Abhijit J. Chaudhari, Ph.D., Robert D. Boutin, M.D., Michael H. Buonocore, M.D., Ph.D., Igor Immerman, M.D., Robert J. Szabo, M.D., M.P.H.

Research Support

National Institutes of Health (NIH)  grants K12 HD051958 and R03 EB015099 to Chaudhari and pilot grants from the UC Davis Imaging Research Center and Center for Musculoskeletal Health to Chaudhari, Buonocore and Boutin.

Relevant publications

R. D. Boutin, M. H. Buonocore, I. Immerman, Z. Ashwell, G. J. Sonico, R. Szabo, and A. J. Chaudhari, Real-time MRI during active wrist motion – initial observations, PLoS ONE, in press

M. H. Buonocore, R. D. Boutin, I. Immerman, Z. Ashwell, G. J. Sonico, R. Szabo, and A. J. Chaudhari, Quantitative kinematics of the wrist using dynamic MRI, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT (2013)

Interested in knowing more

Please contact Dr Chaudhari at ajchaudhari AT ucdavis DOT edu


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