Dr. Rutt is interested in the technology and applications of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Dr. Rutt's ongoing research projects involving the basic technology of MRI (e.g. insertable gradient coils and RF components), biophysical measurements using MR (e.g., combined T1 and T2 mapping using efficient imaging sequences), basic science applications of MR (e.g., in-vivo detection rare cell populations using MRI and the use of MR to longitudinally monitor tumor growth deep within tissue starting from a single cell), and clinical applications, especially in cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Rutt is presently interested in developing and using in-vivo ultra-high field (e.g. 7 Tesla) Magnetic Resonance techniques to study important human diseases. The increased sensitivity and enhanced contrast mechanisms at these high magnetic field strengths should provide insight to unsolved problems, especially in neuroscience and cancer.