Dr. Catana is director of Integrated MR-PET Imaging at the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and a Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He has extensive experience in combining PET and MRI and is currently focusing on developing quantitative MR-PET for human use. Working closely with dozens of basic science researchers and physician-scientists, Dr. Catana is applying this novel technology to the study of the normal brain and neuropsychiatric diseases, as well as exploring its clinical potential for cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases and whole-body oncological applications.


PhD in Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis
MD in Medicine, University of Medicine & Pharmacy of Targu-Mures, Romania

Select Publications

1. Catana C, Procissi D, Wu Y, Judenhofer MS, Qi J, Pichler BJ, et al. Simultaneous in vivo positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008;105(10):3705-10.

2. Catana C, van der Kouwe A, Benner T, Michel CJ, Hamm M, Fenchel M, et al. Toward implementing an MRI-based PET attenuation-correction method for neurologic studies on the MR-PET brain prototype. J Nucl Med. 2010;51(9):1431-8.

3. Catana C, Wu Y, Judenhofer MS, Qi J, Pichler BJ, Cherry SR. Simultaneous acquisition of multislice PET and MR images: initial results with a MR-compatible PET scanner. J Nucl Med. 2006;47(12):1968-76.


Course Director, MIT HST563


Integrated MR-PET Imaging Laboratory