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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


 

MRI is one of the most important inventions in the last thousand years. It uses radio waves (of about the same frequency as the old FM stations) in a powerful magnetic field to allow for the non-invasive imaging of body tissues. It has become an indispensable tool in almost all aspects of Clinical Neuroscience and can be lifesaving.

MRI has reduced the need for biopsies, keeps people out of hospitals, guides the physician and surgeon, and provides peace of mind. It is non-invasive, safe, and has become quite inexpensive.

It is, therefore, our opinion that in the not-too-distant future MRI will take over most aspects of body imaging. Therefore all specialists will have to be trained in this crucial art of diagnosis. In the near future, MRI will be so fast that it will be possible to scan an individual’s entire body quickly and store the images on a computer chip. The same individual can be rescanned every 2-3 years, with all sets of images compared automatically by computer, which will flag any changes. This is how we will cure cancer.

Dr. Hutchinson is the inventor of parallel MRI, which is now the standard of modern imaging. He is board-certified in Neuroimaging (Brain and Spine, MRI and CT) by the United Council for Neurologic Specialties.

Michael Hutchinson, MD, PhD

Dr. Hutchinson is a board-certified neurologist and senior faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, Manhattan. His clinical interests include headaches, dementia, concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anxiety and REM sleep disorders.  He has an extensive scientific background and brings a science-based approach to solving clinical problems.

During residency at the University of Washington, Hutchinson used his knowledge of chaos theory to propose a new way of treating status epilepticus, the most lethal form of epilepsy. The treatment proved successful and is now standard-of-care in the US. Hutchinson later did a sabbatical at Queen Square, London, where Ian McDonald was pioneering the use of beta interferon as the first treatment for multiple sclerosis.

 

After residency training, Hutchinson underwent a neuroimaging fellowship in Los Angeles.

 

After arriving at NYU in 1994, Hutchinson pioneered the use of cholinesterase inhibitors as a treatment for the dementia of Parkinson's disease. At the time this was considered forbidden because it might make the patient physically worse, but Hutchinson argued that this premise was ill-conceived. Today, cholineserase inhibitors are standard-of-care in Parkinson dementia. Hutchinson later developed a new way of treating acute relapses in multiple sclerosis, which puts the patient in charge, and which has yielded impressive long-term results.

 

During his time at NYU, Hutchinson made early contributions to functional MRI, discovering that regional brain activations during cognitive tasks are accompanied by widespread deactivations.  In structural imaging, Hutchinson combined physics, neuropathology, and image processing to develop a robust MRI biomarker for Parkinson's disease.

 

In addition to certification in neurology, Hutchinson is certified in neuroimaging (MRI and CT of the brain and spine), which combines neuroanatomy, neuropathology and neurophysiology, fields which form the unique base of clinical neurology.

 

Dr. Hutchinson holds a PhD in molecular physics and is inventor of spatial sensitivity encoding for MRI - sometimes referred to as parallel MRI - which is now the acknowledged standard for clinical MRI. He is currently exploring a possible extension of this to ultrafast imaging.

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Michael Hutchinson, MD, PhD

Dr. Hutchinson is a board-certified neurologist and senior faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, Manhattan. His clinical interests include headaches, dementia, concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anxiety and REM sleep disorders.  He has an extensive scientific background and brings a science-based approach to solving clinical problems.

During residency at the University of Washington, Hutchinson used his knowledge of chaos theory to propose a new way of treating status epilepticus, the most lethal form of epilepsy. The treatment proved successful and is now standard-of-care in the US. Hutchinson later did a sabbatical at Queen Square, London, where Ian McDonald was pioneering the use of beta interferon as the first treatment for multiple sclerosis.

 

After residency training, Hutchinson underwent a neuroimaging fellowship in Los Angeles.

 

After arriving at NYU in 1994, Hutchinson pioneered the use of cholinesterase inhibitors as a treatment for the dementia of Parkinson's disease. At the time this was considered forbidden because it might make the patient physically worse, but Hutchinson argued that this premise was ill-conceived. Today, cholineserase inhibitors are standard-of-care in Parkinson dementia. Hutchinson later developed a new way of treating acute relapses in multiple sclerosis, which puts the patient in charge, and which has yielded impressive long-term results.

 

During his time at NYU, Hutchinson made early contributions to functional MRI, discovering that regional brain activations during cognitive tasks are accompanied by widespread deactivations.  In structural imaging, Hutchinson combined physics, neuropathology, and image processing to develop a robust MRI biomarker for Parkinson's disease.

 

In addition to certification in neurology, Hutchinson is certified in neuroimaging (MRI and CT of the brain and spine), which combines neuroanatomy, neuropathology and neurophysiology, fields which form the unique base of clinical neurology.

 

Dr. Hutchinson holds a PhD in molecular physics and is inventor of spatial sensitivity encoding for MRI - sometimes referred to as parallel MRI - which is now the acknowledged standard for clinical MRI. He is currently exploring a possible extension of this to ultrafast imaging.


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