These pages describe our research project on Fast Field-Cycling Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Please use the navigation bar at the top of the page to explore the project's background, our facilities, techniques, applications, people, funding and publications.
This research is being carried out in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen, in the North-East of Scotland. We are associated with the Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre.
Aberdeen was lead partner in the EU-funded Horizon-2020 research project "IDentIFY" (Improving Diagnosis by Fast Field-Cycling MRI), which ran for four years from January 2016.
Our FFC-MRI project involves making a step change in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, by breaking one of its fundamental "laws" - that the applied magnetic field must be held constant during image acquisition. By deliberately switching the magnetic field during the collection of MR images, we are able to gain access to radically new types of endogenous contrast.
The project is generating the enabling technology to make FFC-MRI an invaluable tool for basic biomedical research, through to clinical research and diagnosis. We are also heavily involved with projects to investigate biological and medical applications of FFC-MRI.
The concept of FFC-MRI is explained in this animation:
In this video, Prof. David Lurie and team discuss their work: