Pierre-Francois Van de Moortele, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, CMRR

Pierre-Francois Van de Moortele

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-2001

Associate Professor, CMRR


Research Summary/Interests

Pierre-François Van de Moortele is Associate Professor in the Radiology department. His main field of research concerns MR Imaging in Humans at Ultra High magnetic field (7 Tesla and above).

  1. Transmit B1 management at Ultra High Field (Body and Brain applications)
  • fast multi channel B1 Mapping
  • fast multi channel B1 Shimming
  • RF pulse design in parallel Excitation with SAR constraints
  • SAR impact of RF coil design based on Electromagnetic numerical models

  2.  High Resolution Structural and Functional Brain Imaging

  • High resolution functional MRI
  • High resolution structural Hippocampus imaging

  3.  Vasculature imaging

  • MPRAGE based Angiography at 7T (Kidneys, Brain, Heart)
  • Time of Flight based Angiography (Brain)


  • Wu, X., Schmitter, S., Auerbach, E., Moeller, S., Ugurbil, K. & Van de Moortele, P.-F. Simultaneous multi-slice multi-band parallel RF excitation with independent slice-specific transmit B1 homogenization. (in press) Magn Reson Med.
  • Majidi, S., Sein, J., Watanabe, M., Hassan, A. E., Van de Moortele, P.-F., Suri, M. F. K., Clark, H. B. & Qureshi, A. I. Intracranial-Derived Atherosclerosis Assessment: An In Vitro Comparison Between Virtual Histology by Intravascular Ultrasonography, Seven-Tesla MRI, and Histopathological Findings. (in press) American Journal of Neuroradiology.
  • Liu, J., Zhang, X., Van de Moortele, P.-F., Schmitter, S. & He, B. Determining electrical properties based on B1 fields measured in an MR scanner using a multi-channel transmit/receive coil: a general approach. (in press) Phys Med Biol.
  • Zhang, X., Van de Moortele, P. F., Schmitter, S. & He, B. Complex B1 mapping and electrical properties imaging of the human brain using a 16-channel transceiver coil at 7T. (2013) Magn Reson Med 69, 1285-1296 PMCID: 3549472
  • Schmitter, S., Wu, X., Adriany, G., Auerbach, E. J., Ugurbil, K. & Van de Moortele, P. F. Cerebral TOF angiography at 7T: Impact of B shimming with a 16-channel transceiver array. (2013) Magn Reson Med 2, early view
  • Metzger, G. J., Auerbach, E. J., Akgun, C., Simonson, J., Bi, X., Ugurbil, K. & van de Moortele, P. F. Dynamically applied B1+ shimming solutions for non-contrast enhanced renal angiography at 7.0 Tesla. (2013) Magn Reson Med 69, 114-126. PMCID: 3387512
  • De Martino, F., Moerel, M., van de Moortele, P. F., Ugurbil, K., Goebel, R., Yacoub, E. & Formisano, E. Spatial organization of frequency preference and selectivity in the human inferior colliculus. (2013) Nature communications 4, 1386. PMCID: 3556928
  • Ellermann J, Goerke U, Morgan P, Ugurbil K, Tian J, Schmitter S, Vaughan JT, Van de Moortele PF. Simultaneous Bilateral Hip Joint Imaging at 7 Tesla using Fast Transmit B1 Shimming Methods and Multichannel Transmission - A Feasibility Study. NMR Biomed 2012; in press.
  • Henry TR, Chupin M, Lehericy S, Ugurbil K, Ott F, Sha Z, Van de Moortele PF. Hippocampal Sclerosis in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Findings at 7 Tesla. Radiology 2011; in press.
  • Schmitter S, Bock M, Johst S, Auerbach E, Ugurbil K, van de Moortele P-F. Contrast Enhancement in TOF cerebral angiography at 7 Tesla using Saturation and MT under SAR constraints: impact of VERSE and sparse pulses. Magn Reson Med 2011; in press.
  • Wu X, Vaughan JT, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele PF. Parallel excitation in the human brain at 9.4 T counteracting k-space errors with RF pulse design. Magn Reson Med 2010;63(2):524-529.
  • Wu X, Akgün C, Vaughan JT, Andersen P, Strupp J, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele P-F. Adapted RF Pulse Design for SAR Reduction in Parallel Excitation with Experimental Verification at 9.4 Tesla. Journal of Magnetic Resonance 2010;205:161-170.
  • Van de Moortele PF, Auerbach EJ, Olman C, Yacoub E, Ugurbil K, Moeller S. T1 weighted brain images at 7 Tesla unbiased for Proton Density, T2* contrast and RF coil receive B1 sensitivity with simultaneous vessel visualization. Neuroimage 2009;46(2):432-446.
  • Metzger GJ, Snyder C, Akgun C, Vaughan T, Ugurbil K, Van de Moortele PF. Local B1+ shimming for prostate imaging with transceiver arrays at 7T based on subject-dependent transmit phase measurements. Magn Reson Med 2008;59(2):396-409.
  • Van de Moortele PF, Akgun C, Adriany G, Moeller S, Ritter J, Collins CM, Smith MB, Vaughan JT, Ugurbil K. B1 destructive interferences and spatial phase patterns at 7 T with a head transceiver array coil. Magn Reson Med 2005;54(6):1503-1518.
  • Van de Moortele PF, Pfeuffer J, Glover GH, Ugurbil K, Hu X. Respiration-induced B0 fluctuations and their spatial distribution in the human brain at 7 Tesla. Magn Reson Med 2002;47(5):888-895.
  • Van de Moortele PF, Cerf B, Lobel E, Paradis AL, Faurion A, Le Bihan D. Latencies in fMRI time-series: effect of slice acquisition order and perception. NMR Biomed 1997;10(4-5):230-236.
  • Metzger G, Van de Moortele P-F, Akgun C, Snyder CJ, Moeller S, Strupp J, Andersen P, Shrivastava D, Vaughan T, Ugurbil K, Adriany G. Performance of external and internal coil configurations for prostate investigations at 7 T. Magn Reson Med 2010;64(6):1625-1639.
  • Olman CA, Van de Moortele P-F, Schumacher J, Guy J, Ugurbil K, Yacoub E. Retinotopic mapping with Spin Echo BOLD at 7 Tesla. Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2010: 28, 1258-69
  • Wiesinger F, Van de Moortele PF, Adriany G, De Zanche N, Ugurbil K, Pruessmann KP. Potential and feasibility of parallel MRI at high field. NMR Biomed 2006;19(3):368-378.