Fast Field-Cycling MRI

IDentIFY - "Improving Diagnosis by Fast Field-Cycling MRI" - is a €6.6M research project funded through the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. The project ran from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2019; it involved partners from 9 sites across Europe (7 academic sites and 2 SMEs), led by The University of Aberdeen. 

Fast Field-Cycling MRI (FFC-MRI) is a novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique pioneered at the University of Aberdeen which involves breaking one of the fundamental "laws" of MRI - that the applied magnetic field must be held constant during image acquisition. By deliberately switching the magnetic field during the collection of MR images, we are able to gain access to radically new types of endogenous contrast. This new contrast has shown strong potential in the diagnosis and monitoring of a wide range of conditions. 

The objective of the IDentIFY project is to bring FFC-MRI to the stage where it can be used as a routine tool for clinical diagnosis. This will require the development of new magnet technology, novel techniques for characterising environmental magnetic fields and a theoretical framework to help describe and understand the new biomarkers that FFC-MRI gives access to.

 This animation explains the concept behind FFC-MRI: