Craig Meyer Craig Meyer

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology

Fellow of AIMBE
Fellow of ISMRM

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

University of Virginia
Box 800759
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Office: Room 2051 Phone: 434-243-9495
Lab: 184 Snyder Bldg Phone: 434-243-4950


Research Interests

Our research focuses on inventing, developing and applying new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, especially techniques that acquire the image data very rapidly. This work involves MRI physics, signal processing, and image reconstruction techniques. Rapid MRI acquisition is particularly important for pediatric and cardiac studies, because of cardiac, respiratory, and voluntary motion. Real-time MRI is essential for guiding therapy, and is also valuable for cardiac and lung imaging. One focus of our research is imaging atherosclerosis in arteries and its effects on perfusion of the heart, brain, and legs. An essential element of our research is continual collaboration with other academic labs. Continual collaboration with clinical researchers enables us to understand clinical needs, and these collaborators can then determine the value of the resulting techniques in medical practice. In much of our research, we also work with industrial collaborators with the goal of making our techniques widely available.

Current Projects:

  1. Improving the efficacy, safety, and efficiency of MR-guided focused ultrasound neurosurgery by providing comprehensive MRI feedback to the surgeon. This will enable improved minimally invasive surgery for movement disorders such as essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease.
  2. Translating rapid spiral MRI methods for body and brain imaging to commercial application.
  3. Eliminating the need for sedation for young children during MRI scans using advanced rapid imaging methods and correction for patient motion.
  4. Developing rapid and robust methods for dynamic non-contrast perfusion imaging of stroke and brain tumor patients.
  5. Developing spiral k-space scanning techniques to image myocardial perfusion in patients with myocardial ischemia and microvascular disease.
  6. Studying peripheral arterial disease using a comprehensive collection of MRI methods, including vessel wall imaging, non-contrast angiography and perfusion measurements.
  7. Developing methods for rapidly imaging the muscles of the lower extremity to provide input data for musculoskeletal modeling of athletes and of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.
  8. Developing methods for molecular and cellular imaging of cardiovascular inflammation using fluorine MRI methods.
  9. Improving the efficiency and reliability of high-resolution MR coronary artery imaging.
  10. Increasing the frame rate and image quality of real-time MRI through novel data acquisition and image reconstruction techniques.
  11. Developing rapid methods of imaging the lung using hyperpolarized gas to image children and adults with lung disease.
  12. Applying spiral imaging methods to characterize heart failure quantitatively.


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