Noninvasive imaging of head-brain conductivity profiles: Applications of magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography

Xiaotong Zhang, Dandan Yan, Shanan Zhu, Bin He

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In summary, we have pursued, since 2004, the electrical impedance imaging of head-brain tissue conductivity profiles by means of the MREIT. We have developed several MREIT algorithms for head-brain imaging and demonstrated the feasibility and merits of imaging head-brain conductivity profiles by means of MREIT in a computational setting. Although further development is needed to apply MREIT in a clinical setting, experimental evaluation is needed to fully assess the utility and applicability of the developed MREIT algorithms. Our work suggests that MREIT brain imaging deserves further investigation and may become a useful tool in imaging conductivity distributions of the brain and head.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-83
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

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Bin He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering, with the highest honors, from Zhejiang University, Hang-zhou, China, and Ph.D. degree in biomed-ical engineering, with the highest honors, from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, and completed his postdoctoral fel-lowship in biomedical engineering at Harvard University—Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After working as a research scientist at MIT, he joined the bioengineering faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and became a professor at UIC. Since 2004, he has been a professor of biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and neuroscience and the director of Biomedical Functional Imaging and Neuroengineering Laboratory, and he serves as the interim director of the Center for Neuroengineering at the University of Minnesota. His major research interests include biomedical imaging, neuro-engineering, and bioelectromagnetism. He is a recipient of the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the University of Illinois University Scholar Award, and he is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. He has served as an associate and guest editor of more than ten international journals and on a number of program committees of international conferences. He served as the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) vice president for publications from 2005 to 2007 and was elected as president-elect of EMBS for 2008. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AIMBE.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (50577055) and the National Science Foundation (NSF; BES-0602957, BES-0411898) and National Institutes of Health of the United States (R01EB00178, R01EB007920, and R21EB006070).


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