Manojkumar Saranathan, PhD

Associate Professor, Medical Imaging - (Research Scholar Track)
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering - GIDP
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

Following my Ph.D. that focused on cardiac MRI (coronary), I worked at the Applied Science Laboratory, GE Healthcare as a Senior Scientist for almost 7 years until 2010 when I moved to Stanford and SRI International, where I developed novel techniques for dynamic contrast enhanced imaging, ultra-high field (7T) imaging, pediatric imaging as well as for imaging deep brain structures.

Professional Organizations: ISMRM

Service/Committees: Reviewer for MRM, JMRI, Medical Physics



  • PhD: University of Washington, Bioengineering, Seattle - 2001

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Iglehart, C., M. Monti, J. Cain, T. Tourdias, and M. Saranathan, "A systematic comparison of structural-, structural connectivity-, and functional connectivity-based thalamus parcellation techniques.", Brain Struct Funct, vol. 225, issue 5, pp. 1631-1642, 2020 Jun.
Planche, V., J. H. Su, S. Mournet, M. Saranathan, V. Dousset, M. Han, B. K. Rutt, and T. Tourdias, "White-matter-nulled MPRAGE at 7T reveals thalamic lesions and atrophy of specific thalamic nuclei in multiple sclerosis.", Mult Scler, vol. 26, issue 8, pp. 987-992, 2020 07. PMCID: PMC6685761  PMID: 30730233
N, G., S. M, P. N, and K. WS, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 2020.
Gravbrot, N., M. Saranathan, N. Pouratian, and W. S. Kasoff, "Advanced Imaging and Direct Targeting of the Motor Thalamus and Dentato-Rubro-Thalamic Tract for Tremor: A Systematic Review.", Stereotact Funct Neurosurg, vol. 98, issue 4, pp. 220-240, 2020.
Zahr, N. M., E. V. Sullivan, K. M. Pohl, A. Pfefferbaum, and M. Saranathan, "Sensitivity of ventrolateral posterior thalamic nucleus to back pain in alcoholism and CD4 nadir in HIV.", Hum Brain Mapp, vol. 41, issue 5, pp. 1351-1361, 2020 Apr 01. PMCID: PMC7268080  PMID: 31785046
C, I., M. M, C. J, T. T, and S. M, "A  systematic comparison of structural-, structural connectivity-, and  functional connectivity-based thalamus parcellation techniques", Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2020.
MS, M., K. MB, R. BK, Z. NM, R. JJ, and S. M, "Automated Thalamic Nuclei Segmentation Using Multi-Planar Cascaded Convolutional Neural Networks", Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2020.


Su, J. H., F. T. Thomas, W. S. Kasoff, T. Tourdias, E. Young Choi, B. K. Rutt, and M. Saranathan, "Thalamus Optimized Multi Atlas Segmentation (THOMAS): fast, fully automated segmentation of thalamic nuclei from structural MRI.", Neuroimage, vol. 194, pp. 272-282, 2019 07 01. PMCID: PMC6536348  PMID: 30894331
Zahr, N. M., K. M. Pohl, M. Saranathan, E. V. Sullivan, and A. Pfefferbaum, "Hippocampal subfield CA2+3 exhibits accelerated aging in Alcohol Use Disorder: A preliminary study.", Neuroimage Clin, vol. 22, pp. 101764, 2019. PMCID: PMC6434095  PMID: 30904825
Bisla, J. K., M. Saranathan, D. R. Martin, H. Arif-Tiwari, and B. T. Kalb, "MR Imaging Evaluation of the Kidneys in Patients with Reduced Kidney Function: Noncontrast Techniques Versus Contrast-Enhanced Techniques.", Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am, vol. 27, issue 1, pp. 45-57, 2019 Feb.


Keerthivasan, MB., B. Winegar, JL. Becker, A. Bilgin, M. Altbach, and M. Saranathan, Clinical Utility of a Novel Ultrafast T2-Weighted Sequence for Spine Imaging, 2018.


Levine, E., B. Daniel, S. Vasanawala, B. Hargreaves, and M. Saranathan, "3D Cartesian MRI with compressed sensing and variable view sharing using complementary poisson-disc sampling.", Magn Reson Med, vol. 77, issue 5, pp. 1774-1785, 2017 May. PMCID: PMC5074926 
Pandey, A., U. Yoruk, M. Keerthivasan, J-P. Galons, P. Sharma, K. Johnson, D. R. Martin, M. I. Altbach, A. Bilgin, and M. Saranathan, "Multiresolution imaging using golden angle stack-of-stars and compressed sensing for dynamic MR urography.", J Magn Reson Imaging, vol. 46, issue 1, pp. 303-311, 2017 Jul.
Saranathan, M., P. W. Worters, D. W. Rettmann, B. Winegar, and J. Becker, "Physics for clinicians: Fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) and double inversion recovery (DIR) Imaging.", J Magn Reson Imaging, 2017 Apr 17.
Loening, A. M., D. V. Litwiller, M. Saranathan, and S. S. Vasanawala, "Increased Speed and Image Quality for Pelvic Single-Shot Fast Spin-Echo Imaging with Variable Refocusing Flip Angles and Full-Fourier Acquisition.", Radiology, vol. 282, issue 2, pp. 561-568, 2017 Feb. PMCID: PMC5283873  PMID: 27564132


Hope, T. A., I. Petkovska, M. Saranathan, B. A. Hargreaves, and S. S. Vasanawala, "Combined parenchymal and vascular imaging: High spatiotemporal resolution arterial evaluation of hepatocellular carcinoma.", J Magn Reson Imaging, vol. 43, issue 4, pp. 859-65, 2016 Apr.


Saranathan, M., D. W. Rettmann, B. A. Hargreaves, J. A. Lipson, and B. L. Daniel, "Variable spatiotemporal resolution three-dimensional Dixon sequence for rapid dynamic contrast-enhanced breast MRI.", J Magn Reson Imaging, vol. 40, issue 6, pp. 1392-9, 2014 Dec. PMCID: PMC4019731  PMID: 24227703
Tourdias, T., M. Saranathan, I. R. Levesque, J. Su, and B. K. Rutt, "Visualization of intra-thalamic nuclei with optimized white-matter-nulled MPRAGE at 7T.", Neuroimage, vol. 84, pp. 534-45, 2014 Jan 01. PMCID: PMC3927795  PMID: 24018302