Hounsfield Memorial Lecture

The Hounsfield Lecture brings together medical imaging researchers at Imperial and beyond and allows an international leader in biomedical imaging to address the College imaging community. The Hounsfield Lecture 2015 was given on Wednesday 4th November by Professor Juergen Hennig from the University Medical Center Freiburg.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Visions of Life

Professor Jürgen Hennig

Jürgen Hennig is a German chemist and medical physicist, internationally renowned for his work as one of the pioneers of Magnetic Resonance Imaging for clinical diagnostics. He is an alumnus of Imperial and also studied at the universities of Stuttgart, Munich and Freiburg, where he currently works as Scientific Director of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Chairman of the Magnetic Resonance Development and Application Center. His awards include the Biosciences and Medicine Max Planck Research Award (2003), the highest scientific award of Taiwan - Tsung Ming Tu Award (2010), and an Einstein professorship from the Chinese Academy of Science (2011).

A news article about the event can be found here and photos can be found on Flickr.

The event also featured workshops in the afternoon and a medical imaging poster viewing event and competition.


Jürgen Hennig - Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Visions of Life

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has been around for more than 30 years but is still undergoing rapid development. This progress is being driven by innovative technologies as well as new challenges and opportunities arising from the rapid development in biomedical research.

MRI not only produces good images, but it also enables non-invasive measurement and visualization of metabolic, microstructural, functional and physiological processes. These offer the potential for studying the multiple parameters associated with normal and disease processes, with applications to areas of medical research including neuroscience, cardiology and metabolic disease.

Multiparametric MRI imaging provides an ideal and necessary supplement to genetic profiling and personalized medicine. In conjunction with other imaging techniques, MRI adds a spatiotemporal dimension to the spatially non-specific information provided by genetics. The importance of this can be seen through analysing the genetic heterogeneity of tumors, and MRI allows the detailed study of changes in phenotype caused by genetic modifications in animal models. The richness of phenotype modifications caused by even very isolated genetic changes is ample demonstration that the interrelation of molecular factors with the systemic level is much more than a simple one-to-one correspondence.

The clever and creative use of new nano- and microtechnologies has already led to unprecedented improvements in imaging quality and imaging speed as well as new concepts in spatial encoding and the widespread use of high power graphical processor units. The introduction of new technologies is expected to lead to incremental improvements in current approaches to MRI, as well as new applications. Although MRI has come a long way since its early stages, it still has far to go.

The Hounsfield Lecture

The Imperial Hounsfield Memorial Lecture series was first launched in 2005, in memory of imaging scientist and Nobel Laureate Sir Godfrey Hounsfield. 

Advances in biomedical imaging technology have allowed tremendous progress in diagnostic and surgical imaging since the first X-ray. Each new development has been based on fundamental scientific progress in science and engineering, resulting in Nobel prizes in medicine for the non-medically trained inventors of techniques such as CT and MRI. Activity that brings together scientists, engineers and clinicians can promote further technological breakthroughs. The Hounsfield Lecture is one such opportunity and allows an international leader in biomedical imaging to address the college imaging community. The event acts as a focus to bring together medical imaging researchers at ICL and beyond and features a poster viewing event and competition that attracts high numbers of submissions from across all faculties. The inaugural event was presented in 2005 and the last was in 2009. Past speakers at the event include James Fujimoto, Rakesh K Jain, Peter Hunter, Sam Gambhir and Robert Balaban.