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DC shim coil for 3T prostate MRI in patients with metallic hip prostheses

Primary Investigators:
Xinqiang Yan
Brief Description of Project:
Prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers and a leading cause of cancer deaths in men. In the United States, prostate cancer accounted for more than 32,000 deaths in 2020, which amounted to almost 5% of all cancer deaths. MRI is a frontline tool for the assessment of prostate cancer and has been shown to add significant value to clinical biomarkers such as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA). At the same time, hip arthroplasty (HA) is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the aging population. Approximately 3% of the older adult population in the United States will undergo HA. Hip prostheses are commonly made of a Cobalt-Chromium head and a Titanium stem that have high magnetic susceptibilities.

Desired Qualifications:
Some knowledge of circuits. Interested in medical imaging such as magnetic resonance imaging or circuit design. Strong motivation for academic research and scientific publication.
Nature of Supervision:
Working closely with the PI and another professor Saikat Sengupta (Co-PI). Weekly individual meetings.
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
1 week - project overview and plan development
8 weeks - project implementation
1 week - project write-up and presentation
Number of Open Slots: 1
Contact Information:
Name: Xinqiang Yan
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering