Diego Martin
Diego Martin

The evolution of MRI technology has revealed much of what we know about the evolving brain and has revolutionized clinical care.

Dr. Diego Martin head of the Department of Radiology at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine will discuss the evolution of this new modality for medical imaging at the Arizona Senior Academy on Wednesday (Feb. 19) at 3.30 p.m.

Martin’s lecture is an encore presentation of his part in the UA College of Science’s annual Science Lecture Series, whose theme this year is “The Evolving Brain.” The six weekly lectures continue through March 10 at Centennial Hall on the UA Campus.

As in past years, the Arizona Senior Academy is bringing these lectures – live or via podcast – to east side audiences. Martin’s talk will be live.

What is MRI?  Why do you need to take off your watch and bracelet when undergoing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan?  Why the banging noise as the scan proceeds? What can your doctor learn from it? How can it help diagnose brain injuries and disease processes?

Using rich visual content, Martin will introduce each element of MRI technology as the scanner system is built piece- by- piece for the audience using a historical timeline.

Martin is internationally recognized for his research focusing on innovations to MRI technology and new applications for MRI in diagnosing disease and monitoring therapy.

He joined the UA College of Medicine after serving as director of MRI and professor with the Department of Radiology, Division of Abdominal Imaging, at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., where he also was the founding director of the Clinically Applied Research Body MRI Program, which has become an acclaimed program emphasizing technology innovation applied to improved medical diagnostics and therapy guidance, including automated fast-scanning and computer-aided imaging, information display and analysis.

Submitted by Walter Freedman, Academy Village Volunteer

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MRIs Teach Us About Our Evolving Brains: Feb. 2014
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