Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI has long been used as a powerful tool for investigating the interior of the human body. The principles of MRI extend just as well to other opaque 3D systems, such as chemical reactors, geological flows and water purification devices. Since MRI is built upon the principles of nuclear magnetic resonance, it cannot only create 3D images, but also monitor chemical reactions, temperature, mass transport, flow and diffusion on a spatially resolved level. In the Boyce group, we seek to use the world-class MRI facilities at Columbia to develop techniques to use MRI to understand engineering and natural systems.