Jerome Ackerman, Ph.D.
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Mass General Research Institute
Associate Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
|PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1976|
We develop instrumentation and methods for magnetic resonance applications in interventional radiology and for studying bone and synthetic biomaterials.
Our MR Radiofrequency Ablation technology permits the use of the MRI scanner as a therapeutic tool by enabling tumor ablations performed with RF heating using the scanner as the energy source. By extending this technology in a novel method called MR Coagulation, we coagulate intravascularly delivered biomaterials using scanner-derived RF energy to repair vascular defects. In both cases, the MRI scanner also serves as a conventional diagnostic tool to guide the intervention and monitor its progress and outcome.
In the Biomaterials Laboratory we study bone and synthetic biomaterials with conventional and solid state magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. Among the areas of interest are the compositional characterization of bone during growth and maturation, and quantitative solid state MR imaging of bone mineral and matrix to characterize metabolic bone disease. Other materials of interest are calcified tissues, polymers, ceramics and composites.