“On the 17th of January our group member Jordy van Zandwijk won the ISMRM Pioneer Award on the annual conference of the Benelux ISMRM chapter. The main aim of the Pioneer Award is to encourage young MR researchers to broaden their academic career and stimulate their scientific development and creativity, by providing a grant early in their careers and to make independent research ideas possible.
Together with the award, a grant of €25.000 was awarded that should be used for the proposed research that was presented at the conference. In the upcoming year, implanted endografts (which is a stent designed for the aorta and its bifurcation) in the aorta after an abdominal aneurysm will be investigated. Some patients still have leakage problems after a repair with an endograft in the aorta, which could be caused by gravity-dependence or posture dependency of the patients. With an open configuration rotating low-field MRI scanner this could be investigated in multiple postures and in an upright fashion compared to the regular supine examinations. After an MRI sequence protocol optimization, a pilot with a number of patients will be set up. After a year, the first results will be presented once more at the annual ISMRM conference.
The plans presented in this research originated and were set up in close collaboration with researchers and clinicians from the St. Antonius hospital in Nieuwegein, and will be continued with the vascular surgery department from the UMC Groningen. Technical physician Richte Schuurmann and vascular surgeon Jean-Paul de Vries are closely involved in the process and will continue to work on this with researchers from the Magnetic Detection & Imaging group.”