Bastiaan Driehuys

Associate Research Professor

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

161-B Bryan Research, 311 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Box: 
3302 Med Ctr
(919) 684-7786
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Quantitative analysis of hyperpolarized 129Xe ventilation imaging in healthy volunteers and subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
NMR in Biomedicine (2013)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: safety and tolerability of hyperpolarized 129Xe MR imaging in healthy volunteers and patients.
Radiology (2012)

Small animal imaging with magnetic resonance microscopy
ILAR Journal (2012)

Relaxation of hyperpolarized 129Xe in a deflating polymer bag.
Journal of magnetic resonance (San Diego, Calif. : 1997) (2011)

My research program is focused on developing and applying hyperpolarized gases to enable fundamentally new applications in MRI. Currently we use this technology to non-invasively image pulmonary function in 3D. Hyperpolarization involves aligning nuclei to a high degree to enhance their MRI signal by 5-6 orders of magnitude. Thus, despite the low density of gases relative to water (the ordinary signal source in MRI), they can be imaged at high-resolution in a single breath. This technology leads to a host of interesting areas of study including: investigating the basic physics of hyperpolarization, developing new MR methods and hardware for image acquisition, image analysis and quantification, and of, course applying this technology to a host of chronic diseases including, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary fibrosis.

Ph.D. - Princeton University