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Interventional Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging


About This PhD Project

Project Description

Research Project
Cardiac catheterisation is a common procedure in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). During these procedures, a catheter and a guidewire are inserted and navigated into the cardiovascular system under fluoroscopic guidance, which is associated with significant radiation exposure and lack of soft tissue visualisation. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a promising alternative to fluoroscopy as it avoids ionising radiation and has excellent soft tissue contrast. However, its clinical adoption remains limited to a few expert centres due to important limitations, namely, manual tracking of the catheter tip, poor guidewire visualisation, lack of simultaneous visualisation of the cardiovascular system, catheter and guidewire, and lack of 3D visualisation.
The aim of this project is to develop and clinically evaluate the next generation tools for advanced MRI-guided cardiac catheterisation procedures addressing the aforementioned limitations. The project will involve the development of novel MRI pulse sequences and reconstruction techniques, publishing in high impact journals and presenting findings at international conferences. These new methods will be validated in phantom experiments, healthy volunteers, and patients.

Environment
The applicant will join an internationally leading programme in interventional cardiac MRI at KCL. The applicant will be primarily based at the Roujol Lab (https://www.roujol-lab.com) which is located within the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London (KCL). The applicant will join an interdisciplinary environment with a strong expertise in developments and clinical translation of novel cardiac/interventional MRI techniques. This project has strong industry links and is co-founded by Siemens. The supervisory team will consist of Dr. Sébastien Roujol (KCL), Dr. Kuberan Pushparajah (KCL), Dr. Radhouene Neji (Siemems), and Prof. Reza Razavi (KCL).

Funding
A fully funded PhD studentship is currently available. The studentship is funded for 3.5 years, including tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of +£17k per year and a generous allowance for research consumables and conference travel.

Who Should Apply?
Applications are invited from excellent UK/EU/EEA candidates with interest in multi-disciplinary research and training in medical imaging, and a degree in any engineering subject such as physics, computer science, and biomedical engineering. EU/EEA students are eligible if they have lived, worked or studied within the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing.

How to Apply?
If you’d like to express your interest or discuss your suitability for this post, please contact via email Dr. Sébastien Roujol at . The deadline for applications is 4 November 2019.
To apply for this post, please visit:
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-courses/surgical-interventions

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