Ricardo Otazo, PhD, MSc, BSc

Chief of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Physics

Ricardo Otazo


University of New Mexico; Universidad Católica, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Paraguay

I am responsible for the MRI and spectroscopy physics program. This includes the development and translation of new techniques, protocol optimization, quality analysis, and collaborations with the Departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology.

My research is focused on the development of rapid, motion-robust, and quantitative MRI methods using mathematical, physical, and computational models. One highlight is working on compressed sensing-based techniques, which can reduce examination times. We want to be able to do imaging procedures while people are breathing normally that also increase the amount of information in an image by adding new physiological dimensions. I actively collaborate with industry leaders to translate these methods into clinical practice.