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Workshop on Low Field Magnetic Resonance

Low Field Magnetic Workshop

This workshop will focus on developments in low field magnetic resonance. Developments include but are not limited to magnetic resonance imaging/spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy/imaging, single sided magnet designs, and applications in industry such as oil rock/well analysis and medical/clinical applications.

Workshop goals:

  • Find a consensus on the state of low-field magnetic resonance
  • Develop a roadmap for low-field magnetic resonance progress
  • Identify scientific areas where low-field can have the greatest impact
  • Identify barriers to progress that must be overcome to reach full adoption of low-field MR into the clinic and how NIST can aid in addressing these

Agenda (Printable PDF) Updated 8/5

There will be informal events in the afternoon on Sunday, August 11, 2019.


Day 1 – August 12, 2019



Opportunity to upload presentations




Karl Stupic, National Institute of Standards and Technology




Walter Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, Director of National Institute of Standards and Technology



Unusual applications of NMR

Eiichi Fukushima, ABQMR 



Session A: “So, where are we at?”: Current State of Low Field MR

     Moderator: Scott Hinks, GE Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence Image Reconstruction for Low-field MRI

Neha Koonjoo, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

Clinically Feasible Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting at Low Field Strengths

Mark Griswold, Case Western Reserve University

MRI at Low Field in the Inhomogeneous Magnetic Field

Boguslaw Tomanek, University of Alberta

Low field EPR: CW, Pulse, or Rapid Scan?

Gareth R. Eaton, University of Denver

Sandra S. Eaton, University of Denver







Session B: “What do I need to make this work?”: Hardware for Low Field MR

     Moderator: Joshua Biller, TDA Research

Human-scale Fast Field-Cycling MRI at the University of Aberdeen

David Lurie, University of Aberdeen

B0 magnets based on permanent magnet arrays for portable, low-cost, and low-field brain MRI

Patrick McDaniel, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

The Recent research progress of a low-field permanent-magnet-based MRI Head Imager in Singapore University of Technology and Design

Shaoying Huang, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Low-Field MRI Lab at VUIIS

William Grissom, Vanderbilt University









Session C: “What can you accomplish with just one side?”: Single Sided Low Field MR

     Moderator: Clarissa Cooley, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

The Three Magnet Array for Single Sided Magnet Magnetic Resonance

Bruce Balcom, University of New Brunswick

RF Coil and Signal Processing Improvements for Unilateral NMR

Daniel Gruber, University of California, Davis

Sophia Fricke, University of California, Davis

Relax Locally: Leveraging field gradients to improve data acquisition and probe spatially heterogeneous chemical processes

Tyler Meldrum, William and Mary

Fluid volume status monitoring via portable, single-sided magnet resonance

Christopher Frangieh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology






Session D: “Bringing the magnet to the people”: Low Field MR for Point of Care

     Moderator: Michelle Macpherson, Synaptive Medical

Compositional Imaging of the Breast and Mammographic Density Assessment Using Portable Single-Sided NMR

Konstantin Momot, Queensland University of Technology

Compact NMR for Metabolic Health Screening and Diabetes Prevention

David Cistola, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The Potential for Diagnostic Cardiovascular MR at Low Field

Orlando Simonetti, The Ohio State University

Low-field MRI as a diagnostic tool for the treatment of hydrocephalus in Africa

Joshua Harper, Pennsylvania State University

Office based MRI for prostate imaging: a healthcare economics perspective

Dinesh Kumar, Promaxo



Day 1 Wrap Up



Day 1 End

Unofficial Dinner: Martin Park @ 18:00, details at workshop






A room block has been arranged at the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn - 770 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80303

•        online code:

•        Group code: call 800-233-8469 and reference code " NIST Low Field Magnetic Resonance "

•        Group Rates: $174 for a room with one king bed (Book by July 11, 2019)

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. 

NIST currently accepts the following forms of federally issued identification in lieu of a state-issued driver's license, such as a valid passport, passport card, DOD's Common Access Card (CAC), Veterans ID, Federal Agency HSPD-12 IDs, Military Dependents ID, Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC), and TSA Trusted Traveler ID. 

U.S. Residents: New Visitor Access Requirement: Effective July 21, 2014, under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver's license or identification card from states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension. See the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) site for the current compliance list

Created May 3, 2019, Updated August 8, 2019