The research program is in the field of polarized noble gas imaging to study lung disease and, more specifically, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). For the summer research, the students will be focused on upgrading an existing helium-3 polarizer with the ultimate goal of obtaining magnetic resonance imaging resolutions to 10 microns in human lungs for studies involving on the order of 100 patients. Therefore, maximizing reliability is a crucial issue. In addition, the students will work on a design study for a xenon polarizer, which can be used both for lung as well as brain imaging. Gaseous xenon absorbs in the blood and travels to the brain, where it can be imaged. Finally, data analysis of existing lung images will be included in the research program.
Lab: Emlyn Hughes
Direct Supervisor: Emma Glajchen and Naz Taskiran
Position Dates: 5/20/2019 - 7/12/2019
Hours per Week: 40
Paid Position: No
Number of positions: 2
Eligibility: First year+