The Han Laboratory focuses on novel magnetic resonance hardware and methodologies for in vivo applications. The aim is to develop novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology through a combination set of new hardware and software development for broad clinical applications. Han and his colleagues have pioneered a novel MRI scanner platform technology known as integrated Parallel Reception, Excitation and Shimming (iPRES). This new concept combines B0 shimming and radio frequency (RF) into a single coil array. The technology could revolutionize the design of RF coils or phased arrays, major components of an MRI scanner. Current studies in the Han Lab aim to fully develop the potential of this technology for improving the diagnosis and prevention of diseases by solving challenges in imaging — for example, the unmet challenge in high-fidelity whole brain functional MR imaging at ultra high field, including prefrontal cortex and temporal lobe.
Left column, bottom image is from Han H, Song AW, Truong TK. Integrated parallel reception, excitation, and shimming (iPRES). Magn Reson Med. 2013;70(1):241-247. Right column, bottom image is from Han H, Song AW, Truong TK. Integrated parallel reception, excitation, and shimming (iPRES). Proc Int Soc Magn Reson Med. 2013;21:664.