Meyer, Craig H.

Craig H. Meyer

Craig H. Meyer

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Telephone: 434-243-9495

Research Interests

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Research Description

Our research focuses on developing 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 technique we are studying is real-time interactive imaging, which allows images of the beating heart to be acquired, displayed and controlled in real-time. This technique allows rapid evaluation of cardiac function and rapid scout scans of the coronary arteries. We are currently working to enhance the image frame rate and resolution using new image reconstruction methods implemented on dedicated high-performance Linux clusters. In addition to real-time imaging, we use our techniques to generate high-resolution images of the coronary arteries within a breath-hold. We apply our high-resolution images to noninvasive coronary angiography and coronary vessel wall imaging.

 In addition, we are developing new contrast agents and the associated imaging methods for targeted molecular imaging of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque.