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Early detection of pre-eclampsia using imaging coupled unilateral magnetic resonance S&T39

  • School: School of Science and Technology
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: S&T39

Pre-eclampsia is potentially devastating disease affecting up to 8% of pregnancies accounting for around 63,000 maternal deaths annually worldwide. A simple and effective treatment is available, but it must be started early in the pregnancy, before the time at which most existing testing methods are capable of detection. The team at NTU has demonstrated a proof of principle unilateral magnetic resonance system (NMR CAPIBarA - doi 10.3390/app10010162) which could be used to detect placental changes earlier in the pregnancy thus facilitating early access to treatment. At present this system is only capable of making measurements on anterior placentae, which represent between 30 and 50% of pregnancies. One of the aims of this project is to improve this system to allow it to measure placentae in any position. Another primary aim of the project is to develop a system to allow for accurate placement of the magnetic resonance device and thus the measurement area, under the mother, which is essential for the system to find clinical application. The final objective is to validate this device on placental tissues from mothers with varying severities of pre-eclampsia (analysed after delivery) to validate its suitability.

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This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

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