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Kathryn Keenan (Fed)

Kathryn Keenan, PhD is the Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Project Leader in the Applied Physics Division, where she works to improve the repeatability and reliability of MRI. Dr. Keenan started at NIST as an NRC post-doctoral scholar and created an MRI reference object (phantom) for assessing the accuracy and comparability of breast cancer imaging methods. Currently, she is developing methods to validate advanced quantitative MRI techniques.

Dr. Keenan, along with her colleagues Dr. Michael Boss, Dr. Stephen Russek and Dr. Karl Stupic won the 2015 CO-LABS Governor’s Award for High-Impact research, public health & life sciences and a 2016 Department of Commerce Gold Medal as well as the inaugural Department of Commerce Excellence in Innovation Award.

Outside of the lab, Dr. Keenan won a national championship in road cycling, and now she enjoys running the trails in Colorado.

Current Research Projects:

  • Measuring the variability in quantitative MRI for clinical use
  • Development and validation of quantitative susceptibility mapping MRI
  • Validation of advanced quantitative MRI techniques using ‘living phantoms’


Electromagnetics for Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Stephen E. Russek, Karl F. Stupic, Joshua R. Biller, Michael A. Boss, Kathryn E. Keenan, Elizabeth Mirowski
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is based on radio frequency (RF) interrogation of the human body at frequencies between 40 MHz to 300 MHz. An RF transmitter
Created August 1, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021