Medicine 2: New MRI Technique for Faster and Easier Cardiac MRI’s With Freedom to Breathe

Getting an MRI can mean spending a long time in a tight space.  It can be uncomfortable, especially for patients who are claustrophobic.  A scan of the heart is particularly challenging.  To get a clear picture, patients hold their breath repeatedly.

A team of researchers at the University of Missouri is trying to fix the problem through the Heart Speed project.  Using data analysis software, they’re pulling out motion information from the MR images.  This would allow radiologists to see the heart clearly, regardless of whether the patient is breathing.  The Heart Speed team received funding through the University of Missouri’s Coulter Translational Partnership Program.  It’s meant to help them take their idea from academic research to market.

Student Tools

Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 318: Sharing Your Insights Through A Reflection Worksheet as part of a classroom or homeschool activity.


Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 318: Cross Curricular Activity--Video Reflection

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to complete a reflection worksheet to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video.


Teacher Tool 610: STEM/Independent Research Activity--Tools of the Trade in Medicine

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Independent Research STEM activity asking students to combine their design thinking skills with their study of medicine and the human body.