Ergin Atalar became Fellow of International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). Dr. Atalar's fellowship has been announced in the upcoming ISMRM meeting at Montreal in May 7, 2011. Dr. Atalar named Fellow for his contributions to the fields of Interventional MRI and Safety of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Manuscript entitled "Reverse Polarized Inductively Coupling to Transmit and Receive RF Coil Arrays" by Haydar Celik, Ibrahim Davut Mahcicek and Ergin Atalar have been accepted for publication in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Yigitcan Eryaman, Sinan Hersek and Ergin Atalar wrote a letter to editor entitled "Comments on Ensuring Safety of Implanted Devices Under MRI Using Reverse Polarization". This paper addresses failure of the method proposed by William R. Overall, John M. Pauly, Pascal P. Stang and Greig C. Scott which was published in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in 2010 at the 3rd issue of volume 64.

The new article written by Yigitcan Eryaman offers a possible solution for implant heating in MRI. The article was published in 2011 May issue of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. See the link for the article.




Yigitcan Eryaman earned the PhD degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering on March 11, 2011. His PhD thesis title is Novel SAR Reduction Methods for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In his defense Professor Mark Ladd from University of Duisburg-Essen was served as his jury member. Other jury members were Professors Ayhan Altintas, Yusuf Ziya Ider, Murat Eyuboglu and Ergin Atalar.


A manuscript entitled "Analytic expressions for the ultimate intrinsic signal-to-noise ratio and ultimate intrinsic specific absorption rate in MRI" by Emre Kopanoglu, Vakur B. Erturk and Ergin Atalar is now online at MRM. In this paper the authors give an analytical expression on the limits for SNR and SAR in an MRI experiment.

We had first UMRAM retreat in August 2009 at Hindiba Pansiyon. In this first retreat, researchers from Bilkent and Bogaici Universities met in a mid point. In the meeting, Dr. Ziya Ider talked about the first arrival of the MRI scanner to Middle East Technical University. Drs. Cengizhan Ozturk and Arda Deniz Yalcinkaya spoke about their very exciting work on a novel catheter tracking method.