University of Wisconsin–Madison

Karl Vigen PhD

Senior Scientist

Imaging Sciences

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  • Undergraduate: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
  • Graduate: University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Postdoctoral: 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 on Magnetic Resonance Angiography. For a postdoctoral fellowship, he worked at Stanford University with Dr. Kim Butts Pauly, developing methods for Interventional MRI.

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.