Dr. Ping Hou
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Imaging Physics
The primary focus of my research is MRI neuro application, including diagnostic, perfusion, fMRI and cancer staging. This involves new pulse sequence design and implementation to improve signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and data acquisition speed. Recently I am involved with fMRI, and developed interests in data acquisition method to generate strong and robust blood-oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) signal, as well as an efficient way of fMRI data process. Another area of interests is quantitative MR imaging, such as T2*-weighted perfusion imaging and dynamic contrast enhanced T1-weighted imaging for blood flow assessment to monitor cancer treatment.
A tutorial in this laboratory would provide student experience with a small project to get hands-on experience about how MR image is generated, how much scientific and technical knowledge are involved in MRI comparing to other diagnostic modalities.