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Riccardo Lattanzi

Riccardo Lattanzi, PhD

Professor, Department of Radiology

Biomedical Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Quantitative MRI, Radiofrequency Coils, Electrical Properties Mapping, Cartilage Assessment

My research lies at the boundaries between physics, engineering, and medicine. I investigate fundamental principles involving the interactions of radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields with biological tissue in order to develop new techniques and technologies to improve the diagnostic power of MRI.

My research group investigates performance limits in MRI, such as the ultimate intrinsic signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), which is the theoretically largest SNR for a given imaging task. Our broad aim is to gain physical insight in order to develop new MRI technology that achieves nearly optimal performance.

Another area of interest is the application of quantitative magnetic resonance–based biochemical imaging to the assessment of articular cartilage in order to improve accuracy. In particular, my colleagues and I have developed new techniques to translate quantitative MRI into routine clinical evaluation of femoroacetabular impingement, a medical condition for which early detection of cartilage damage could delay or prevent the onset of hip osteoarthritis.

A more recent research focus is the development of new methods for noninvasive mapping of electrical properties using MRI measurements. Knowledge of internal electrical information could enable the prediction of RF field behavior inside the human body. Understanding precisely how RF power is distributed would allow us to unleash the full potential of any MR scanner without exceeding safety limits, thereby optimizing MRI performance.

Furthermore, this work addresses a long-recognized need for electrical tissue characterization, which could have a significant impact in other areas. For example, electrical properties could be employed as biomarkers for cancer (and other pathologies) or for reliable hyperthermia treatment planning.



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Director, Biomedical Imaging & Technology PhD Training Program

Director, Center for Biomedical Imaging (CBI), Department of Radiology

PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Giannakopoulos, Ilias I; Muckley, Matthew J; Kim, Jesi; Breen, Matthew; Johnson, Patricia M; Lui, Yvonne W; Lattanzi, Riccardo

Scientific reports. 2024 May 14; 14(1):10991

Giannakopoulos, Ilias I; Georgakis, Ioannis P; Sodickson, Daniel K; Lattanzi, Riccardo

Magnetic resonance in medicine. 2024 Feb; 91(2):760-772

Yu, Xinling; Serralles, Jose E.C.; Giannakopoulos, Ilias I.; Liu, Ziyue; Daniel, Luca; Lattanzi, Riccardo; Zhang, Zheng

IEEE Journal on Multiscale and Multiphysics Computational Techniques. 2024 Jan 01; 9:49-60

Montin, Eros; Deniz, Cem M.; Kijowski, Richard; Youm, Thomas; Lattanzi, Riccardo

Informatics in Medicine Unlocked. 2024 Jan 01; 45:?-?

Vassileva, Maria T; Kim, Jason S; Valle, Alejandro Gonzalez Della; Harris, Michael D; Pedoia, Valentina; Lattanzi, Riccardo; Kraus, Virginia Byers; Pascual-Garrido, Cecilia; Bostrom, Mathias P

HSS journal : the musculoskeletal journal of Hospital for Special Surgery. 2023 Nov; 19(4):428-433

Nykänen, Olli; Nevalainen, Mika; Casula, Victor; Isosalo, Antti; Inkinen, Satu I; Nikki, Marko; Lattanzi, Riccardo; Cloos, Martijn A; Nissi, Mikko J; Nieminen, Miika T

Journal of magnetic resonance imaging. 2023 Aug; 58(2):559-568

Montin, Eros; Kijowski, Richard; Youm, Thomas; Lattanzi, Riccardo

Frontiers in radiology. 2023 Dec; 3:1151258

Ruello, Giuseppe; Lattanzi, Riccardo

IEEE transactions on biomedical engineering. 2022 Nov; 69(11):3278-3287