Dr. Michael Noseworthy – Faculty of Engineering
Michael Noseworthy

Dr. Michael Noseworthy


Medical imaging physics, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), multinuclear spectroscopy (MNS), machine learning, brain, muscle, cancer
  • Professor

    Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Professor

    McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering


My work focuses on assessment of normal and diseased tissue microstructure and the resultant modulation of tissue metabolism using medical imaging technologies. A great deal of my research involves MRI and in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. However, more recently I have focused on applications of multimodal techniques, or the fusion of MRI with EEG, EMG, ultrasound and other imaging methods. Overall I am interested in developing more comprehensive and diagnostically useful disease imaging protocols for evaluation of anatomic, metabolic and functional characteristics of healthy and abnormal tissues.

Did you know?

Dr. Noseworthy was the Co-Director of the McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering from 2010 to 2020.

He is also Special Professional Staff in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, and Director of Medical Imaging Physics and Engineering  at St. Joseph’s Healthcare

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Dr. Noseworthy received a M.Sc. from the University of Guelph for work in the evaluation of anaesthetic hepatotoxicity using nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and in vivo 31P-NMR. Obtained a PhD from University of Guelph (1997) specializing in applications of MRI/NMR, biochemical assays and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) methods to assess free radical induced brain damage. From 1997-1999 was a postdoctoral fellow in Imaging Physics, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre working on the evaluation of tissue microvasculature through development of correlative MRI and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDXS). From January 2000 to August 2003 worked as a MRI physicist at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and Assistant Professor in Medical Biophysics and Medical Imaging, University of Toronto. Moved to St. Joseph’s Healthcare and Brain-Body Institute, McMaster University in August 2003. Following 3 years as an Assistant Professor in Radiology and Medical Physics at McMaster University, Dr. Noseworthy attained a tenure-track position in Electrical & Computer Engineering at McMaster University, where he currently resides as a full professor. His research interests include the assessment of tissue microstructure and metabolism using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and multinuclear in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic techniques, and the application of complex systems mathematics and machine learning to medical image analysis. Dr. Noseworthy is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB).

P.Eng. (L.E.L)

President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision (McMaster University, 2013)