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Hui Han, PhD

Director, MR Engineering

Hui Han, PhD

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310-423-9134

Hui Han, PhD

Director, MR Engineering

Dr. Hui Han is a senior MRI physicist with a longstanding focus on novel MRI technologies including both software and hardware for in vivo applications. His research outcome has led to several U.S. patents currently under consideration for commercialization in the healthcare industry. In particular, Dr. Han and his colleagues have proposed a novel MRI scanner platform technology known as iPRES (integrated Parallel Reception, Excitation, and Shimming). This is a new concept for combining B0 shimming and RF into a single coil array (AC/DC), which is an impactful technology influencing the community. The technology could revolutionize the design of RF coils or phased arrays, major components of an MRI scanner. Since 2013, this new concept has been a hot topic in the world's largest MR community, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). It has been highlighted in several plenary lectures, including those hosted by major vendors such as Siemens and GE Healthcare. It can dramatically improve image resolution and accuracy especially for advanced MRI techniques including functional, diffusion, metabolic, and susceptibility imaging. These advanced techniques provide information beyond macroscopic morphology on tissue microstructure, metabolism, and function, offering unique information associated with various pathological states. In brief, inhomogeneous B0 magnetic field induced by patient-specific magnetic susceptibility changes across human organs is a tough and fundamental issue that can compromise the sensitivity, resolution, speed, and fidelity of MRI, as well as reduce the effectiveness of lipid suppression, motion reduction, and RF excitation. The new technology is critical in addressing all these issues and will pave the way for MRI in the era of precision medicine. Areas of interest span from cardiology, oncology to neuroscience. Dr. Han is currently the Principal Investigator of major NIH projects (R01/U01) and serves as a grant reviewer.

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