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Department of Radiology - Medical Physics

Metabolic and Molecular MRI


Supported by the Emmy Noether Programme and the Academy of Excellence of the DFG, the EUROPOL-ITN of the European Union (Horizon 2020), the Consortium for Translational Cancer Research and the Innovationsfonds Baden-Württemberg.

Please find the Dental MRI website here.

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The focus of our group is to make the hidden powers of magnetic resonance accessible for medical diagnostics and to unlock new areas of application.
It is our goal to enable new diagnostic parameters that relate to metabolism, physiology and function. We pursue this goal by developing new sequences, hardware and the hyperpolarization of nuclear spins.

Hyperpolarization is an emerging method to increase the power of magnetic resonance (MR) dramatically. Despite the fact that magnetic resonance imaging is very successful, it is very insensitive as well. In fact, all modern MRI scanners use only a few parts per millions of the signal that is theoretically available.
Hyperpolarization commences at the very fundamentals of MR by increasing the inherent low polariaztion up to unity. Hyperpolarization has demonstrated to enhance the MR signal 100.000 fold, paving the avenues for entirely new applications of MR.

Bridging the gap between spin physics and medcial diagnostics, hyperpolarization is a truely interdisciplinary research area with all the benefits and pitfalls which come along. The hyperpolarization group in Freiburg is focused on the development of new hyperpolarization methods and bringing these advances to biomedical application.

Stay up to date and follow us on twitter: @hyperpolarise

Please follow the links below to find more information about our group and our research:



PD Dr. Jan-Bernd Hövener
Emmy Noether Group Metabolic and Molecular MRI
Head of Hyperpolarization
Head of Dental MRI

phone: +49 761 270 93910
+49 761 270 38310

email: jan.hoevener@uniklinik-freiburg.de

twitter: @jbhoevener

University Medical Center Freiburg
Dept. of Radiology · Medical Physics
Breisacher Straße 60a      
79106 Freiburg, Germany