Dr. Ananth Madhuranthakam received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, where his thesis work was focused on whole-body MR angiography under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Riederer. Upon graduation, he joined the MR Research and Development division of GE Healthcare to develop novel imaging techniques to improve the clinical utility of MRI. Subsequently, he joined UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology.

Dr. Madhuranthakam’s research interests focus on understanding and applying MR Physics to exploit the variations in human anatomy and physiology. The primary areas of research include non-contrast perfusion imaging using arterial spin labeling (ASL), improved fat/water separation techniques, and whole-body MRI techniques for cancer screening and staging.

His NIH/NCI funded study is evaluating ASL as a quantiative non-contrast perfusion imaging technique for the assessment of cancer therapy response in patients with advanced brain tumors (glioblastoma) or advanced kidney cancer (metastatic renal cell carcinoma). They are evaluating this technique as part of the NCI's Quantitative Imaging Network.

Dr. Madhuranthakam has 9 patents (6 issued and 3 filed), co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers and more than 110 conference proceedings. He serves as a scientific reviewer for various journals including Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (MRM) and Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (JMRI).


Anna University - India (2000)
Graduate School
Mayo Graduate School (2005), Biomedical Engineering

Research Interest

  • Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL)
  • Fat/Water MR Imaging Techniques
  • Non-Contrast MR Angiography/Perfusion
  • Whole Body Cancer Screening and Staging


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

CEST-Dixon for human breast lesion characterization at 3 T: A preliminary study.
Zhang S, Seiler S, Wang X, Madhuranthakam AJ, Keupp J, Knippa EE, Lenkinski RE, Vinogradov E Magn Reson Med 2018 Jan
The potential role of IDEAL MRI for identification of lipids and hemorrhage in carotid artery plaques.
Khosa F, Clough RE, Wang X, Madhuranthakam AJ, Greenman RL Magn Reson Imaging 2017 Dec
Z-spectrum appearance and interpretation in the presence of fat: Influence of acquisition parameters.
Zhang S, Keupp J, Wang X, Dimitrov I, Madhuranthakam AJ, Lenkinski RE, Vinogradov E Magn Reson Med 2017 Sep

Honors & Awards

  • Summa Cum Laude Merit Award
    International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2017)
  • Magna Cum Laude Merit Awards
    International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2016-2017)
  • Distinguished Reviewer
    Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (2014-2017)
  • Distinguished Reviewer
    Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2012-2017)
  • ISMRM Travel Award
    Presentations at the annual scientific meetings of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (2003-2005)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research Fellowship
    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) (1999)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Heart Association (2013-2017)
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) (2001)