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04-26-2007, 03:39 PM
A Ph. D. project in applied/medical physics, or medical engineering, is
available at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane,
Australia. The project will focus on the application of magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) for quantitative 2D & 3D morphological imaging of long bones
in humans.

The development of modern orthopaedic prostheses requires morphological bone
data with sub-millimetre resolution. The current "gold standard" for
long-bone imaging is X-ray computed tomography (CT). While highly accurate,
high-resolution CT involves significant doses of ionising radiation, which
makes it unsuitable for living human subjects. Therefore, there is a
significant interest in adapting MRI as a safer alternative.

The development of the required MRI methodology and assessment of its
accuracy will be the objectives of this project. This will involve animal
and phantom studies, physical modelling of their results, and imaging of
human volunteers using state-of-the-art whole-body clinical instrumentation.

The project will involve interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers
from Physics, Medical Engineering, and Orthopaedic sciences at QUT and
Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. International students are
encouraged to apply.

The intended length of the project is 3 years, starting from July 2007. For
further information please contact:

Dr Beat Schmutz, PhD

Trauma Research

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

Queensland University of Technology

60 Musk Avenue Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, QLD 4059 Australia

Ph: +61 7 3138 6291
Fax: +61 7 3138 6030
Email: b.schmutz@qut.edu.au