Dr James Ross

Dr James Ross

Research Fellow

Dr James Ross
Dr James Ross

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen F9
Biomedical Physics Building
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD

Fast Field-Cycling MRI


2009 - MPhys Theoretical Physics, University of St Andrews

2011 - MSc Medical Physics, University of Aberdeen

2016 - PhD Medical Physics, University of Aberdeen

2015-2016 - Research Assistant at University of Aberdeen on EPSRC funded Zero-Field MRI project

2016-present - Research Fellow at University of Aberdeen on EU H2020 funded "Improving Diagnosis by Fast Field-Cycling MRI" (IDentIFY) project


Research Interests

My research is focused on a novel form of MRI, known as Fast Field-Cycling MRI (FFC-MRI) currently being developed at the University of Aberdeen. Unlike in conventional MRI where the static magnetic field B0 is held constant, in FFC-MRI the field is deliberately varied during the imaging sequence. This allows parameters such as the spin-lattice relaxation time, T1, to be studied as a function of B0. This "T1 dispersion" has demonstrated strong potential as a novel form of MRI contrast, and could find application in the diagnosis and characterisation of a wide range of pathologies.

I am interested in developing new imaging pulse sequences and reconstruction techniques for use with FFC-MRI with the aim of reducing scan time while still exploiting the unique Tdispersion information that is accessible using FFC-MRI. 

Current Research

I am currently employed on an EU H2020 funded project: "Improving Diagnosis by Fast Field-Cycling MRI" (IDentIFY). This project is comprised of nine sites across six European countries and has the objective of developing FFC-MRI to the point where it can be adopted as a clinical technique.