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  • PhD project in MRI of long bones

    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