The human brain is one of science's mysteries. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows us to create images of the brain with amazing contrast. This ubiquitous diagnostic tool, used at hospitals and clinics across Canada, allows us to see anatomical details of brain structures or tumors and to identify swelling and shrinkage.
Melanie Martin applies the principles of fundamental physics to enhance MRI capabilities. Dr. Martin is developing new methods to see small tissue structures, those that are finer than one human hair or the silk in a spider's web and distinguish them accurately with MRI. The research is enhancing our ability to diagnose conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other central nervous system disorders as early as possible. .