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20160913 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Physicists and engineers make it happen! - Careers in Health and Helping Video Conference Series - 13 September 2016 - 11:30 - Stream 1

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Physicists and engineers make it happen! - Careers in Health and Helping Video Conference Series


Classifications: Enabled, Upcoming Excursions

Provider: LEAP- Links @ Macquarie University


Presenter: Professor Yves De Deene

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Date: 13 September 2016

Start Time: 11:30

End Time: 12:20pm

Duration: 35 minutes + 10 minutes question time

Closing Date: Bookings Close 13-Sep-16

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 15

Non-DEC Positions: 5

Price: Free

KLA Syllabus: Secondary

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KLA Keyword/s: Careers, Science, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Engineering, Health, Helping, MRI, Cancer



Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful non-invasive medical imaging technique which is nowadays routinely applied in all major hospitals. MRI is used in the diagnosis of cancer, the detection of cardiovascular defects and orthopaedic lesions. But there is more… MRI is a very active field of physics and engineering research and new breakthroughs have enabled the study of brain activity, flow dynamics in blood vessels and metabolic changes during physical exercise. With MRI, we can even measure the temperature in each point of the human body. New technologies enable us to look at the dynamics of breathing and the uptake of oxygen by the lungs, for example in the case of asthma. New research is underway that will increase the sensitivity of MRI with several orders of magnitude, which would be very helpful in early cancer detection and treatment.

After a short introduction on the discovery of MRI and how it works, Yves will give an overview of some new MRI techniques and illustrate the role of physics and engineering in developing these technologies. By the end of this talk, students will have an understanding of how careers in physics or engineering are integral to the development of health technologies such as MRI.


Yves De Deene is a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Macquarie University who started his academic career at the Ghent University in Belgium where he worked as a medical physics researcher at the Ghent University Hospital in the field of radiotherapy and medical imaging. He arrived in Sydney in November 2012. His primary research interest is in safeguarding modern radiotherapy and applying quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to the guidance of radiation treatment. He collaborates with several medical centers in Sydney.

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Additional Booking Instructions: Please Note: The presentation will start promptly at 11.30am and conclude by 12.20pm - There will be 30 - 35 minutes of presentation time and 10 minutes for students to ask questions.

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1. To join the Video Conference you need to dial the VMR number, which will be sent to you on registration. This will allow you to see the presenter on your television screens.

2. To access the PowerPoint presentations on your Interactive White Board you will need to log into Adobe Connect using the website: https://mq.adobeconnect.com/leaplinks/
Then click 'Enter as Guest' and enter your school name.

Please book your place as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss out.

Further Information: Email enquiries to:
Casey Featon
Email: leaplinks@mq.edu.au

Note: We do NOT film, photograph or record audio of the students so you do not need permissions to publish from your schools. If you have reservations about booking online due to this, please contact us at leaplinks@mq.edu.au

Recordings of this video conference series and others will be made available online. Register your interest at leaplinks@mq.edu.au if you would like to be notified when the recordings are available.

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