Lawrence Dougherty, PhD

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Research Associate Professor of Radiology
Department: Radiology

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Radiology
3400 Spruce Street, 1 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-349-5274
Fax: 215-662-3013
BS (Physics)
Stockton State College, 1981.
M.S.E. (Bioengineering)
University of Pennsylvania , 1991.
Ph.D. (Bioengineering)
University of Pennsylvania, 1996.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Dougherty's early research career focused on cardiovascular MR in which he made a significant impact. His 3D angiography and cardiac tissue tagging methods are standard components of clinical cardiovascular studies. In particular, the SPAMM method for studying cardiac function that he invented was one of the most successful patents that Penn licensed. With the publication of his paper on a 4 Tesla cardiac coil, he was the first to demonstrate the value of high-field cardiac imaging, which is currently used clinically. He continues to work in cardiac MR and collaborates closely with cardiothoracic surgeons, who use these imaging methods for the evaluation of new surgical methods.

MR breast imaging is a major focus particularly rapid DCE-MR breast imaging using K-space Weighted Imaging Contrast (KWIC)that has received attention from many clinicians from around the world.

An additional area of research has been the magnetic field effect (MFE) on biological reactions. He has shown that MFE can mitigate cellular injury, such as from ionizing radiation or cardiac ischemic/reperfusion.
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Last updated: 12/08/2017
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