Expert on ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging from Siemens Healthineers nominated for the German Future Prize

Erlangen, Germany | 2019-09-12

Christina Triantafyllou, Ph.D., an employee at Siemens Healthineers, has been nominated for the German Future Prize for her work on Magnetom Terra, the first ultra-high field magnetic resonance scanner approved for clinical use. Nominated with her are Professor Arnd Dörfler, MD, Head of University Hospital Erlangen’s Department of Neuroradiology, and Professor Mark E. Ladd, Ph.D., Head of the Division of Medical Physics in Radiology at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. They are one of three research teams in contention for the award. The prize, awarded by the President of Germany, is one of the country’s highest distinctions for technology and innovation.

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Published on September 11, 2019

Expert on ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging from Siemens Healthineers nominated for the German Future Prize

  • Christina Triantafyllou, Ph.D., was nominated for the award along with Professor Arnd Dörfler, M.D., Head of University Hospital Erlangen’s Department of Neuroradiology, and Professor Mark E. Ladd, Ph.D., Head of the Division of Medical Physics in Radiology at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg
  • The nominees developed the first ultra-high field MRI scanner approved for clinical use achieving a breakthrough in precision medicine
  • With its ability to accurately image even minute structures, the Magnetom Terra 7 Tesla scanner opens up new opportunities for early diagnosis and personalized treatment of neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease 

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MAGNETOM Terra

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – also known as magnetic resonance tomography – is now the leading diagnostic imaging method and plays a crucial role in the diagnosis of a large number of diseases. With the development of Siemens Healthineers’ Magnetom Terra, the first ultra-high-field MRI system for clinical use, Dr. Christina Triantafyllou, Prof. Mark E. Ladd and Prof. Arnd Dörflerachieved a breakthrough in diagnostic imaging and at the same time established 7 Tesla as a new clinical field strength. The new system is the first in the world to enable the use of ultra-high-field MRI in clinical applications. The research and development team has thus broken new grounds in medical imaging and reached a significant milestone in the history of MRI.