Blaine Chronik

Professor, Department of Physics, Western University
Canada Research Chair in Medical Physics
Contact Information:
• Phone: 519-661-2111 x86455
• Fax: 519-661-2033
• Email: bchronik at uwo dot ca
• Website: http://www.physics.uwo.ca/people/faculty_web_pages/chronik.html

Profile & Research Interests

Blaine Chronik is an internationally recognized expert in MR imaging, MR technology development (particularly magnets and gradients) and MR compatible device evaluation and plays a leadership role in the ISMRM (main international MRI society). He has served as a member of the Health Canada’s Scientific Experts Inventory since 2008, which aims to provide expert advice on the safety of new medical devices and technology for Canadians. He has worked at ≥4T since 1998. Dr. Chronik has the skills and technology to computationally simulate RF and gradient fields in tissue and measure the heating, interference, and function of devices exposed to the intense fields of the MR scanner environment.

Education

  • PDF    Stanford University, Electrical Engineering – 2000 – 2003
  • Ph.D.  University of Western Ontario, Physics & Astronomy Department – 2000
  • B.Sc.   University of Lethbridge, Department of Physics – 1994

Recent Publications

Dual optimization method of radiofrequency and quasistatic field simulations for reduction of eddy currents generated on 7T radiofrequency coil shielding.

Zhao Y, Zhao T, Raval SB, Krishnamurthy N, Zheng H, Harris CT, Handler WB, Chronik BA, Ibrahim TS.Magn Reson Med. 2015 Nov;74(5):1461-9. doi: 10.1002/mrm.25424. Epub 2014 Nov 3.PMID:25367703

A cadaveric study of the anterolateral ligament: re-introducing the lateral capsular ligament.

Caterine S, Litchfield R, Johnson M, Chronik B, Getgood A.Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2015 Nov;23(11):3186-95. doi: 10.1007/s00167-014-3117-z. Epub 2014 Jun 15.
PMID:24929656

The effects of magnetic field distortion on the accuracy of passive device localization frames in MR imaging.

Cepek J, Chronik BA, Fenster A.Med Phys. 2014 May;41(5):052301. doi: 10.1118/1.4870961.
PMID:24784394

Errors in device localization in MRI using Z-frames.

Cepek J, Chronik BA, Fenster A.Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2013;16(Pt 1):348-55.
MID:24505685
Development and optimization of hardware for delta relaxation enhanced MRI.Harris CT, Handler WB, Araya Y, Martínez-Santiesteban F, Alford JK, Dalrymple B, Van Sas F, Chronik BA, Scholl TJ.Magn Reson Med. 2014 Oct;72(4):1182-90. doi: 10.1002/mrm.25014. Epub 2013 Nov 11.
PMID:24407990

Recent Publications on Pubmed: B Chronik

Awards

  • 2014 Western University Faculty of Science Distinguished Research Professor
  • 2013 ISMRM (International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine) Outstanding Teacher Award, Weekend Educational Program, (MR Engineering), Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2009 ISMRM Outstanding Teacher Award, Weekend Educational Program, (MR Engineering), Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2008 University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Science Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • 2007 ISMRM-ESMRMB (European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology) Outstanding Teacher Award, Weekend Educational Program (MRI Safety: Physics, Standards, and Open Questions), Berlin Germany
  • 2006 – 2008 Fellowship in Teaching Award (with Drs. Poepping, Wong and Battista), University of Western Ontario
  • 2005 – 2006 University Studetn’s Council Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence, University of Western Ontario
  • 2003 – 2008 Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Medical Physics (renewed for 2008- 2013)
  • 2003 Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award

Grants Held

  • 2014 – 2019 NSERC –  Magnetic Resonance Systems Development
  • 2013 – 2014 Western RD&S internal grant (matching from Science and Schulich) Pilot data for evaluation of MRI-compatible devices and materials.
  • 2013 – 2018 Canadian Foundation for Innovation (NIF) and Ontario Research Fund – Centre for the Development and Testing of MR-compatible medical devices and technology
  • 2013 – 2018 Canadian Foundation for Innovation (LEF) and Ontario Research Fund – Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping (CFMM)
  • 2013 – 2018 Canadian Foundation for Innovation (LEF) and Ontario Research Fund – Facility for load-bearing imaging, biomechanics and clinical orthopeadics research. (LIBCOR)
  • 2013- 2013 NSERC Engage Grants Program – Design of open-geometry gradient coils for diffusion imaging with low-field MR system
  • 2012 – 2012 NSERC Interaction Grants Program – Meetings to catalyze new interactions between immunoVaccine Inc. and Western University
  • 2012 – 2016 Ontario Institutes for Cancer Research – dreMR: Enhanced specificity of targeted contrast agents
  • 2012 – 2012 NSERC Engage Grants Program – Development of a set of guidelines for development and optimal use of magneto-inductive communication systems
  • 2012 – 2012 Trudell Medical International – Collection of anatomical MRI Data for creation of computer and physical models of the upper airways and lower facial structures in children
  • 2010 – 2010 NSERC Engage Grants Program – Development of a new method for MRI coil construction
  • 2010 – 2010 NSERC Interaction Grants Program – Meetings to discuss potential for development of MRI-compatible technology
  • 2009 – 2010 Western Innovation Fund – Development of a prototype combined MRI and PET scanner for the preclinical imaging market
  • 2009 – 2014 NSERC  Discovery – Magnetic Resonance Systems Development