School of Medical Sciences


Medical Image Analysis - Professor Alistair Young

Research interests


My principal research interest is the analysis of medical images using mathematical modeling techniques. I have been working in this area since 1985. My masters and PhD projects on the analysis of coronary cineangiograms were mentored by Peter Hunter and Bruce Smaill.

During 1991-1993 I was a postdoctoral research fellow under Leon Axel in the Medical Image Processing Group at the University of Pennsylvania where I developed a method for reconstructing the 3D motions and deformations of the heart from tagged cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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Medical Image Processing Group

University of Pennsylvania

I relocated back to New Zealand with the help of an HRC Repatriation Fellowship, and was subsequently appointed Lecturer in Biomedical Imaging jointly in the Department of Anatomy with Radiology and the Department of Physiology. Now, I am Technical Director of the Auckland MR Research Group (AMRG), which performs clinical trials in heart disease and is actively developing new methods for measuring heart function from MRI. I am Research Manager of the Center for Advanced MRI (CAMRI), which is a state-of-the-art clinical and research MRI facility at the University of Auckland.

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I am Director of the Biomedical Imaging Research Unit , which is a multidiciplinary imaging facility based in the School of Medical Sciences at the Grafton Campus.

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I am Principal Investigator of the Cardiac Atlas Project, which aims to establish a worldwide database of cardiac MRI examinations by pooling data from a number of research studies, thereby creating a probabilistic atlas of regional heart function. For a detailed example of a single volunteer, see the AMRG cardiac MRI atlas.

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