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Date: 9 September
Time: 10:00 – 14:00


 Politecnico di Milano, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aula Magna

MeccPhD lecture: “Implementation of Nanoparticles in Multimodal Medical Imaging

Organizers: Prof. Paola Saccomandi – Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy   

Speaker: Prof. Haim Azhari – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel


The use of nanomaterials in medicine has gained tremendous popularity in recent years, and many potential applications have been suggested. One promising option is their use in the field of medical imaging. Nanomaterials have shown to affect the signals used for image formation even at very low concentrations. Hence, their ability to serve as contrast enhancing agents has been explored. In this talk the mechanisms responsible for contrast generation in: Ultrasound, MRI, and CT will be initially reviewed. Then, the motivation for multimodal imaging will be explained. Finally, detailed description of several projects of our group implementing nanoparticles based materials including: Iron, Copper and Gold for dual modal Ultrasound-MRI and MRI-CT imaging will be described

Speaker short CV

 Assoc. Prof. Haim Azhari received his D.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the Technion-IIT in 1987. From 1987 to 1990, he held a postdoctoral position there. From 1990-1992 he had a double appointment as an International Research Fellow in both the Departments of Radiology and Cardiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA. In 1992, he joined the Department of BME at the Technion-IIT as a staff member. Between 1999-2000, Prof. Azhari was on a sabbatical leave at Harvard Medical School in the Beth-Israel Radiology Department. Between 2011-2015, he was the president of the Israeli Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (ISMBE). His fields of research are: Medical Imaging and Image Guided Thermal Ablations and Interventions.