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Development of Low-field Unilateral Magnetic Resonance Systems for Measurement of Placenta Health

  • School: School of Science and Technology
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / Fully-funded

Overview

Whilst the MRI scanning of pregnant women is not routine, there is growing body of literature showing how the transverse relaxation times in the placenta change during pregnancy which points toward a method for early prediction of pre-eclampsia and other diseases of the placenta. Unlike most clinical MRI scanners, unilateral magnetic resonance systems do not place the sample in the bore of a magnet, instead measuring the properties of the sample which is placed on, or nearby the surface of a magnet array. Commercial systems such as the NMR MOUSE have been available for many years but are limited to measuring samples a few mm away. In a previous project we have constructed a preliminary unilateral system that operates at a low magnetic field and measures at distances far enough away to reach an in utero placenta. This project will further develop the system to increase the measurement depth and to incorporate a semi-automated positioning system. Since the field profile is dependent on the spacing of the magnets, field mapping will be used to help optimise the design. An investigation of the most appropriate transmit-receive coil geometries to maximise the distance of the sensitive volume from the magnets surface will also be undertaken.

Entry requirements: Entrants must have a first/undergraduate Honours degree, with an Upper Second Class or a First Class grade, in physics or engineering. Entrants with a Lower Second Class grade at first degree must also have a postgraduate Masters Degree at Merit or Commendation.

Duration: typical three years full time

Funding: self-funded students only.

Supervisors

Dr Rob Morris

Entry qualifications

Entrants must have a first/undergraduate Honours degree, with an Upper Second Class or a First Class grade, in physics or engineering. Entrants with a Lower Second Class grade at first degree must also have a postgraduate Masters Degree at Merit or Commendation.

How to apply

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on 31 December 2020.

Interviews will take place after application.

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Fees and funding

Self-Funded.

Guidance and support

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