Six abstracts accepted for the ISMRM annual meeting


Rautiainen J, Rieppo L, Saarakkala S, Nissi MJ. Orientation anisotropy of quantitative rotating and laboratory frame relaxation parameters in articular cartilage. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 24 (2016) (oral presentation)

Elsayed H, Hanni M, Rautiainen J, Nissi MJ, Nieminen MT. Correlation time mapping of degenerated human and bovine articular cartilage reveals tissue structure and degenerative changes. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 24 (2016) (e-poster presentation)

Kajabi AB, Casula V, Peuna A, Saarakkala S, Lammentausta E, Guermazi A, Nieminen MT. Assessment of meniscus with adiabatic T1ρ and T2ρ in asymptomatic subjects and patients with early osteoarthritis: Oulu knee osteoarthritis study. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 24 (2016) (oral presentation)

Peuna A, Hekkala J, Haapea M, Podlipska J, Saarakkala S, Nieminen MT, Lammentausta E. Texture analysis of T2 relaxation time maps reveals degenerative changes in articular cartilage: Oulu Knee Osteoarthritis study. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 24 (2016) (oral presentation)

Peuna A, Hekkala J, Haapea M, Podlipska J, Guermazi A, Nieminen MT, Saarakkala S, Lammentausta E. Variable angle GLCM analysis for T2 maps of osteoarthritic knee cartilage evaluation with endpoint analysis: Oulu Knee Osteoarthritis study. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 24 (2016) (e-poster presentation)

Casula V, Nissi MJ, Podlipská J, Haapea M, Saarakkala S, Guermazi A, Lammentausta E, Nieminen MT. Elevated adiabatic T1ρ and T2ρ in articular cartilage are associated with symptoms and structural changes in early osteoarthritis. Proc. Intl. Soc. Magn. Reson. Med 24 (2016) (poster presentation)







Doctoral thesis approved


Jukka Hirvasniemi successfully defended his doctoral thesis Novel X-ray-based methods for diagnostics of osteoarthritis on Friday 4 December 2015 in Auditorium 7 of Oulu University Hospital. Associate Professor Martin Englund from Lund University, acted as the opponent. The custodian was Associate Professor Simo Saarakkala from University of Oulu.







Doctoral thesis approved


Päivi Toljamo successfully defended her doctoral thesis Dual-energy digital radiography in the assessment of bone characteristics on Friday 16 October 2015 in Auditorium 7 of Oulu University Hospital. Professor Hannu Eskola from Tampere University of Technology, acted as the opponent. The custodian was Professor Miika Nieminen from University of Oulu.







CALL FOR MULTIPLE SENIOR, POSTDOC AND JUNIOR RESEARCH POSITIONS


Multiple postdoc or senior researcher (research associate) and PhD student positions are open in
the research group lead by professor Miika Nieminen at the Research Unit of Medical Imaging,
Physics and Technology, University of Oulu, Finland. (more…)







Miika Nieminen awarded the ISMRM Fellowship Award


Miika Nieminen was awarded the Fellowship Award of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) for his significant and substantial contribution to the research in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of articular cartilage and other musculoskeletal tissues. He is the first Finnish scientist to receive this award.







Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation grant for Professor Miika T. Nieminen


Professor Miika T. Nieminen (MIPT, Medical Faculty) has received a funding of 700 000 euros from Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation for the project “Structure-specific MRI characterization of articular cartilage in osteoarthritis”.







Research article published


Hirvasniemi J, Thevenot J, Kokkonen H, Finnilä M, Venäläinen M, Jämsä T, Korhonen R, Töyräs J, Saarakkala S. Correlation of Subchondral Bone Density and Structure from Plain Radiographs with Micro Computed Tomography Ex Vivo. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s10439-015-1452-y.







Academy of Finland grant








ISMRM abstract awarded


Jari Rautiainen’s abstract was awarded with Summa Cum Laude Merit Award at the 23st ISMRM annual meeting.







Doctoral thesis approved with distinction


 M.Sc. (Tech.) Jari Rautiainen successfully defended his doctoral thesis Novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques for articular cartilage and subchondral bone – Studies on MRI relaxometry and short echo time imaging on Friday 20 March 2015 in auditorium MD100, Mediteknia building of University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio. The doctoral thesis was approved with distinction. Professor Bernard J. Dardzinski from University of Pennsylvania, acted as the opponent. The custodian was Professor Miika Nieminen from University of Oulu.