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Welcome to the Magnetic Resonance Engineering Lab at USC

The Magnetic Resonance Engineering Laboratory (MREL) is dedicated to advancing state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging using magnetic resonance. This website contains information about research projects and technical courses at MREL and introduces our group’s faculty, staff, and students.

Our current research includes:

  • High-Performance Low-Field MRI
  • Real-Time Imaging
  • Quantitative Imaging (e.g. DCE-MRI and ASL-MRI)
  • Advanced Image Reconstruction (e.g. compressed sensing, machine learning)
  • Pulse Sequence Design (e.g. RF pulses, efficient readouts)

Our current projects relate to:

  • Heart Disease (coronary, ischemic)
  • Cancer Biomarkers (brain)
  • Vocal Tract (speech production, obstructive sleep apnea)
  • New Hardware Configurations

Krishna S. Nayak is the laboratory director.

We receive (or have received) funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Southern California Clinical Translational Science Institute, and USC Zumberge Research Fund.


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