Research

Welcome to the ALMA lab website, the Advanced Lab for MRI and Acoustics. Please have a look at some of our projects; while they all aim at developing new and improved ways of imaging the human body and of diagnosing diseases, some of them involve Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), others involve ultrasound physics, and some involve both at the same time. Project pages can be reached equivalently well by either clicking in the menu to the left, or on highlighted keywords below. Our main current projects involve:

  • developing novel hybrid ultrasound + MRI imaging methods whereby ultrasound and MRI signals, and at times even CT and PET signals, are combined through machine learning to generate better/faster images, through the use of sensors
  • performing diffusion MRI faster and with better geometrical fidelity than otherwise available, in the brain, optical nerve and prostate
  • rapidly obtaining full-brain quantitative maps, in 3D, for all of the main physical parameters at the basis of MRI contrast (T1, T2, T2*, M0, B0 and B1+), through the use of multi-pathway mutli-echo (MPME) acquisitions and contrast translation with machine learning
  • helping to explain discrepencies between ultrasound and MR elastography results caused by dispersion effects

The ALMA lab is located at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, MA. For questions please contact us at bruno@bwh.harvard.edu.

The ALMA lab has close links with other nearby labs, both in terms of projects and personnel. These other labs include the National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT), the Surgical Planning Lab (SPL), the Focused Ultrasound Lab (FUSLAB), as well as the School of Engineering at Boston University.