Craig Meyer Craig Meyer

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology


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

cmeyer@virginia.edu

   

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 cardiac studies, because of cardiac and respiratory motion. One focus of our research is imaging atherosclerosis in arteries and its effects on perfusion of the heart, brain, and legs. In much of our research, we work with industrial collaborators with the goal of making our techniques widely available.

We collaborate with other labs at the University of Virginia on a variety of projects. One such collaboration is focused on developing new contrast agents and imaging methods for molecular and cellular imaging of cardiovascular inflammation. Another collaboration is focused on developing image-based models of musculoskeletal disease. We are also studying peripheral arterial disease through a set of MRI methods and developing new methods of characterizing heart failure. In collaboration with the hyperpolarized-gas MRI group, we are developing fast methods of imaging the lung.

Current Projects:

  1. Improving the efficiency and reliability of high-resolution MR coronary artery imaging.
  2. Developing rapid and robust methods for dynamic non-contrast perfusion imaging of stroke and brain tumor patients.
  3. Improving the speed and accuracy of MR-guided focused ultrasound surgery by developing new methods for rapid 3D MR temperature mapping.
  4. Developing methods for molecular and cellular imaging of cardiovascular inflammation using multinuclear MRI methods.
  5. Developing spiral k-space scanning techniques to image myocardial perfusion in patients with myocardial ischemia and microvascular disease.
  6. 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.
  7. Increasing the frame rate and image quality of real-time MRI of the heart and soft palate through novel data acquisition and image reconstruction techniques.
  8. Applying our spiral imaging methods to characterize heart failure quantitatively.
  9. Studying peripheral arterial disease using a comprehensive collection of MRI methods, including vessel wall imaging, non-contrast angiography and perfusion measurements.
  10. Developing rapid methods of imaging the lung using hyperpolarized gas to image children and adults with lung disease.

Recent Publications

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