Join us on Wedenesday, July 13th for the BRIC Seminar Series, featuring:
Eric Muir, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Radiology
Director, Preclinical MRI Center
Stony Brook University
MRI of the Retina
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 11 AM
Marsico Hall, Room 2004
MRI can provide anatomical, functional, and physiological images at relatively high spatial resolution and is non-invasive. While MRI has been widely used throughout the body, application of MRI to the thin retina has been largely
unexplored due to difficulty with the high resolution that is needed. In this talk, I will detail the development and application of various MRI methods to image physiology of the retina and the eye in both animal models and humans. These MRI approaches include 1) measurement of layer-specific blood flow of the retina, 2) high-resolution functional MRI to detect physiologically induced reactivity in the retina, and 3) imaging water exchange in the eye using deuterium oxide MRI. I will also discuss the application of these methods to investigate retinal blood flow deficits in several diseases, including diabetes, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. These MRI methods can provide unique physiological information of the retina and eye and could be used to provide insight into the biological processes of ocular disease.