Ronnie Wirestam

Ronnie Wirestam


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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is still characterized by rapid scientific development, especially in the fields of quantitative and physiological imaging. This requires advanced MRI physics methodology, post-processing and analysis tools, as well as appropriate validation. All proposed research tasks will benefit from the national 7T MRI facility in Lund.

Dynamic contrast agent (CA) methods, e.g., dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) MRI, are useful for assessment of cerebral perfusion parameters. Magnetic susceptibility is proportional to the concentration of gadolinium CAs and is also dependent on blood oxygen saturation levels. Hence, quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM), based on measured MRI phase, will be applied to perfusion imaging as well as to oxygen consumption monitoring.

Arterial spin labelling (ASL) is a non-invasive cerebral blood flow technique, and this project includes validation of non-compartment models for capillary water transfer. Work on non-invasive blood volume biomarkers to supplement ASL is pursued.

Perfusion and/or oxygen metabolism methods are of clinical relevance in, e.g., stroke, dementia, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, neurointerventional procedures, multiple sclerosis, tumours and for understanding heart-brain circulation relationships. A particularly important clinical field is brain injury (traumatic, ischemic and hemorrhagic), where maintenance of brain perfusion and oxygenation is of utmost importance to patient outcome.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

UKÄ subject classification

  • Natural Sciences
  • Other Physics Topics
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging

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  • medical physics
  • magnetic resonance imaging


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