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Karl VigenPhD

Senior Scientist

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scientist
Imaging Sciences

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  • Undergraduate: Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN)
  • Graduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
  • Post Doc: Stanford University (Stanford, CA)



Dr. Vigen is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Radiology, in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed a B.A. in Physics at Gustavus Adolphus College, prior to working towards his M.S. and Ph.D. in Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Dr. Charles Mistretta, working in Magnetic Resonance Angiography. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University with Dr. Kim Butts Pauly, developing methods for Interventional MRI. He is certified by the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP) in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics.
Dr. Vigen has been a scientist at UW-Madison since 2003, providing clinical MRI physics service, and working with multiple collaborators in the areas of Magnetic Resonance Angiography, Cardiac MRI, Intraoperative MRI, Neuro MRI, and more; to develop, translate, and implement novel MRI methods for clinical imaging. He leads the physics component of the QA/QC program for MRI in the UW Health system, and provides a leading role in ensuring MRI safety. Dr. Vigen also contributes to the Department of Medical Physics’ Imaging Physics Residency Program; providing instruction in clinical MRI Physics.