Honors & Awards

  • American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association (2023)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2020-2023)

Education & Certifications

  • Master of Science, Stanford University, BIOE-MS (2022)
  • Bachelors of Science, University of Delaware, Biomedical Engineering (2020)

All Publications

  • DTI-MR fingerprinting for rapid high-resolution whole-brain T1 , T2 , proton density, ADC, and fractional anisotropy mapping. Magnetic resonance in medicine Cao, X., Liao, C., Zhou, Z., Zhong, Z., Li, Z., Dai, E., Iyer, S. S., Hannum, A. J., Yurt, M., Schauman, S., Chen, Q., Wang, N., Wei, J., Yan, Y., He, H., Skare, S., Zhong, J., Kerr, A., Setsompop, K. 2023


    This study aims to develop a high-efficiency and high-resolution 3D imaging approach for simultaneous mapping of multiple key tissue parameters for routine brain imaging, including T1 , T2 , proton density (PD), ADC, and fractional anisotropy (FA). The proposed method is intended for pushing routine clinical brain imaging from weighted imaging to quantitative imaging and can also be particularly useful for diffusion-relaxometry studies, which typically suffer from lengthy acquisition time.To address challenges associated with diffusion weighting, such as shot-to-shot phase variation and low SNR, we integrated several innovative data acquisition and reconstruction techniques. Specifically, we used M1-compensated diffusion gradients, cardiac gating, and navigators to mitigate phase variations caused by cardiac motion. We also introduced a data-driven pre-pulse gradient to cancel out eddy currents induced by diffusion gradients. Additionally, to enhance image quality within a limited acquisition time, we proposed a data-sharing joint reconstruction approach coupled with a corresponding sequence design.The phantom and in vivo studies indicated that the T1 and T2 values measured by the proposed method are consistent with a conventional MR fingerprinting sequence and the diffusion results (including diffusivity, ADC, and FA) are consistent with the spin-echo EPI DWI sequence.The proposed method can achieve whole-brain T1 , T2 , diffusivity, ADC, and FA maps at 1-mm isotropic resolution within 10 min, providing a powerful tool for investigating the microstructural properties of brain tissue, with potential applications in clinical and research settings.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/mrm.29916

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  • Correlated noise in brain magnetic resonance elastography MAGNETIC RESONANCE IN MEDICINE Hannum, A. J., McIlvain, G., Sowinski, D., McGarry, M. J., Johnson, C. L. 2022; 87 (3): 1313-1328


    Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) uses phase-contrast MRI to generate mechanical property maps of the in vivo brain through imaging of tissue deformation from induced mechanical vibration. The mechanical property estimation process in MRE can be susceptible to noise from physiological and mechanical sources encoded in the phase, which is expected to be highly correlated. This correlated noise has yet to be characterized in brain MRE, and its effects on mechanical property estimates computed using inversion algorithms are undetermined.To characterize the effects of signal noise in MRE, we conducted 3 experiments quantifying (1) physiomechanical sources of signal noise, (2) physiological noise because of cardiac-induced movement, and (3) impact of correlated noise on mechanical property estimates. We use a correlation length metric to estimate the extent that correlated signal persists in MRE images and demonstrate the effect of correlated noise on property estimates through simulations.We found that both physiological noise and vibration noise were greater than image noise and were spatially correlated across all subjects. Added physiological and vibration noise to simulated data resulted in property maps with higher error than equivalent levels of Gaussian noise.Our work provides the foundation to understand contributors to brain MRE data quality and provides recommendations for future work to correct for signal noise in MRE.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/mrm.29050

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    View details for PubMedID 34687069

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  • Arbitrary Point Tracking with Machine Learning to Measure Cardiac Strains in Tagged MRI. Functional imaging and modeling of the heart : ... International Workshop, FIMH ..., proceedings. FIMH Loecher, M., Hannum, A. J., Perotti, L. E., Ennis, D. B. 2021; 12738: 213-222


    Cardiac tagged MR images allow for deformation fields to be measured in the heart by tracking the motion of tag lines throughout the cardiac cycle. Machine learning (ML) algorithms enable accurate and robust tracking of tag lines. Herein, the use of a massive synthetic physics-driven training dataset with known ground truth was used to train an ML network to enable tracking any number of points at arbitrary positions rather than anchored to the tag lines themselves. The tag tracking and strain calculation methods were investigated in a computational deforming cardiac phantom with known (ground truth) strain values. This enabled both tag tracking and strain accuracy to be characterized for a range of image acquisition and tag tracking parameters. The methods were also tested on in vivo volunteer data. Median tracking error was <0.26mm in the computational phantom, and strain measurements were improved in vivo when using the arbitrary point tracking for a standard clinical protocol.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-78710-3_21

    View details for PubMedID 34590079