06 December 2019 (13:40):  IEEE AP/MTT/EMC/ED Turkey Seminar Series (S.61)

Speaker: Asst. Prof. Emine Ülkü Sarıtaş

Topic: "Magnetic Particle Imaging for Radiation-Free Functional Imaging"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) is a new biomedical imaging modality, first introduced in 2005. MPI uses the nonlinear magnetization response of superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) tracers to image their spatial distribution. Because human tissues do not exhibit a similar response, they are completely transparent in MPI images. This desirable feature makes MPI a very high contrast tracer imaging modality. Unlike other tracer imaging modalities such as PET, MPI does not utilize any radioactive tracers of ionizing radiation for imaging. Since its first introduction, MPI has evolved rapidly in terms of both hardware development and image reconstruction schemes, and has found important applications such as angiography, stem cell imaging, and cancer imaging. This presentation will introduce the imaging principles of MPI and its potential functional imaging applications, in the light of our MPI efforts in National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM) of Bilkent University.

Bio: Dr. Saritas graduated with B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University in 2002. She was awarded the Lucent Technologies Stanford Graduate Fellowship for her graduate studies at Stanford University at the Department of Electrical Engineering. There, she received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2004 and 2009, respectively. She then joined the Department of Bioengineering at University of California, Berkeley as a Siebel Stem Cell Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. She has been a faculty member at Bilkent University since September 2013. She is the recipient of the 2015 "Young Scientist Outstanding Achievement Award" given by TUBA, the 2016 "Young Scientist Award" (BAGEP) given by Bilim Akademisi, and the 2019 "Incentive Award" given by TUBITAK. She has also received the Distinguished Teaching Award of Bilkent University in 2018. Dr. Saritas is currently serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, as an Editorial Board Member for the International Journal on Magnetic Particle Imaging (IJMPI), and as the chair of IEEE Turkey Section Women in Engineering (WIE).

  Date and Time




  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey



Asst. Prof. Emine Ülkü Sarıtaş


Magnetic Particle Imaging for Radiation-Free Functional Imaging