Surbeck Laboratory for Advanced Imaging

Research at the Surbeck Laboratory

We endeavor to stretch the limits, creating new imaging technologies that can be adapted for the broadest range of investigating disease, health, and treatment. Our overall objective is to contribute to the understanding of normal physiology and to elucidate the underlying biological mechanisms of health and disease. Critical factors that can be investigated through imaging are disease progression, the biological basis of different diseases, and response to treatment by individual patients. Translating these factors into bioengineering problems involves the integration of the underlying principles of MR physics with the design of new algorithms for reconstruction, post-processing and quantitative interpretation of the resulting multi-dimensional and multi-faceted imaging data, as well as the development of innovative RF coils and coil arrays for high-field imaging.


Surbeck Resources7T and 3T Whole-Body MRI at Mission Bay

Investigation of human disease and therapeutic interventions in brain, prostate, musculoskeletal, and neurological systems with dedicated support staff to assist users in application development.

Surbeck Resources

Biomedical NMR Lab

Metabolic imaging and metabolic flux of hyperpolarized 13C-labelled agents, high-resolution microimaging at 14.1T,  detection and quantification of metabolites in intact tissue and fluids.

Surbeck ResourcesQuantitative Micro-Imaging

Bone architecture imaging, quantitative morphometry, HR-pQCT, fine element biomechanical analysis, cancer and biomaterials imaging, and archaeological specimens imaging.



Surbeck EducationThe Masters of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) Program

The Masters of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) program is intended for students with Bachelors degrees, advanced pre-doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, researchers and faculty members who wish to master biomedical imaging and research methods to enhance their research designs and broaden their investigative projects. The course can be completed in one year of full time study or two years of part time study.

Surbeck EducationUCSF & UCB Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering

Through the Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering with UC Berkeley, the Department of Radiology faculty participate in graduate student education and offer significant opportunities for PhD candidates in Bioengineering to participate in research activities. More than half of the faculty in the Joint Graduate Program hold appointments in Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.

Surbeck Laboratory for Advanced Imaging