Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

Brian Welch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
Scientific Manager, Human Imaging Core

Contact Information
(615) 343-7754


My previous and ongoing research projects focus on overcoming the real world limitations of MRI that hinder research and clinical applications. I seek solutions to problems such as motion corruption, static field and radio frequency field inhomogeneity, long acquisition times, field of view limitations, and the qualitative nature of most MRI methods. Strategies to overcome these challenges include both hardware and software solutions, alternative data acquisition and reconstruction methods, novel MRI pulse sequences, quantitative imaging methods and associated post-processing tools.


Current research projects include whole-body fat-water MR imaging in both human and animal subjects, non-Cartesian image acquisitions and reconstructions, and compressed sensing acquisitions and reconstructions For more details please visit


Silver HJ, Welch EB, Avison MJ, Niswender KD. Imaging body composition in obesity and weight loss: challenges and opportunities. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy 2010;2010(3):337-347.

Waddell KW, Zanjanipour P, Pradhan S, Xu L, Welch EB, Joers JM, Martin PR, Avison MJ, Gore JC. Anterior cingulate and cerebellar gaba and glu correlations measured by (1)h j-difference spectroscopy. Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2010 [Epub ahead of print]

Jankiewicz M, Zeng H, Moore JE, Anderson AW, Avison MJ, Welch EB, Gore JC. Practical considerations for the design of sparse-spokes pulses. Journal of Magnetic Resonance 2010;203(2):294-304.

Hagberg GE, Welch EB, Greiser A. The sign convention for phase values on different vendor systems: definition and implications for susceptibility-weighted imaging. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2010; 8(2):297-300.

Balachandran R, Welch EB, Dawant BM, Fitzpatrick JM. Effect of mr distortion on targeting for deep-brain stimulation. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2010; 57(7):1729-1735.