The Hounsfield Memorial Lecture, which is held in memory of Nobel Laureate Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, was re-launched on Wednesday 4th November 2015 with a lecture from German chemist and medical physicist, Professor Jürgen Hennig. He currently works as Scientific Director of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Chairman of the Magnetic Resonance Development and Application Center at University Medical Center Freiburg. Prof Hennig is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for clinical diagnostics and his talk, Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Visions of Life, starts by introducing the basic principles behind MRI and moves on to more recent advances in the technology that have allowed blood flow and brain function to be more closely studied.

workshopThe Imperial Hounsfield Memorial Lecture series was first launched in 2005, in memory of imaging scientist and Nobel Laureate Sir Godfrey Hounsfield. Advances in biomedical imaging technology have allowed tremendous progress in diagnostic and surgical imaging since the first X-ray. Each new development has been based on fundamental scientific progress in science and engineering, resulting in Nobel prizes in medicine for the non-medically trained inventors of techniques such as CT and MRI. By bringing together scientists, engineers and clinicians from Imperial and beyond, the event promotes further collaboration and technological breakthroughs.

This year, in addition to the evening lecture, four interactive workshops and a poster competition were also organised as part of the Hounsfield Lecture. The areas covered by the workshops were, Imaging for Global HealthBig Data @ Small ScalesMagnetic Resonance Imaging and Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Studies, and Patient-specific-computational-fluid-dynamics.


A poster competition and poster session held in conjunction with the event drew a large number of high quality submissions from researchers in biomedical imaging. The work on display demonstrated the wide range of applications for imaging, with research ranging from capturing bowel oxygenation during surgery, depth reconstruction for bronchoscopic navigation, to studying the synaptic dynamics of the brain.

The winning poster from Antonio de Marvao was, High resolution 3D MRI reveals continuous adverse effects of systolic blood pressure on left ventricular structure.

Joint runners-up were Nilesh Pareek, Investigating the Causal Relationship Between Perturbed Shear Stress and Formation of Progressive Atherosclerotic Plaques and Thin Cap Fibroatheroma in Transgenic Hypercholesterolaemic Minipigs, and Amish Lakhani, Tractography of the Prostatic Neurovascular Bundles: Technique and Interpretation.


Professor Jürgen Hennig's 2015 Hounsfield Lecture is available to review online. For more photos, click here.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Visions of Life

Video: Hounsfield Memorial Lecture 2015

Tuesday 10th November, 2015