Bastiaan Driehuys, Professor of Radiology and Associate Research Professor of Physics and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering  

Bastiaan Driehuys

Office Location: 161-B Bryan Research, 311 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27710
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Ph.D., Princeton University, 1995

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. SS Kaushik, ZI Cleveland, GP Cofer, G Metz, D Beaver, J Nouls, M Kraft, W Auffermann, J Wolber, HP McAdams, B Driehuys, Diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized (129)Xe MRI in healthy volunteers and subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease., Magnetic resonance in medicine : official journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine / Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (December, 2010) [doi]  [abs].

My research program is focused on developing and applying hyperpolarized gases to enable fundamentally new applications in MRI. Currently we use this technology to non-invasively image pulmonary function in 3D. Hyperpolarization involves aligning nuclei to a high degree to enhance their MRI signal by 5-6 orders of magnitude. Thus, despite the low density of gases relative to water (the ordinary signal source in MRI), they can be imaged at high-resolution in a single breath. This technology leads to a host of interesting areas of study including: investigating the basic physics of hyperpolarization, developing new MR methods and hardware for image acquisition, image analysis and quantification, and of, course applying this technology to a host of chronic diseases including, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary fibrosis.