Section Highlight: Imaging Sciences

Posted on February 2015

Pictured: 4D MRI Scan, from the MRI Research Group

When it comes to research at UW Radiology, the buck stops with the Imaging Sciences Section. Comprised of faculty and academic staff scientists who conduct research in a variety of areas, Imaging Sciences members exhibit an unmatched dedication to their work.

The most impressive aspect of Imaging Science’s research is its breadth: every major imaging modality is represented. The tumor ablation group has an active clinical research program, and has fostered device development from conception to prototyping. The CT research group has developed a variety of novel imaging methods that improve image quality while reducing radiation dose, and their imaging protocols are now found on GE scanners worldwide. The MRI research group has made important breakthroughs in 4D MRI, which allows doctors to view blood flow over time in a non-invasive scan.

However, the section offers more than just cutting-edge research. Members of Imaging Sciences also provide technical support for imaging within the department, including advising on imaging protocol development, troubleshooting image degradation problems, and conducting quality assurance on new and existing equipment.

Additionally, many members of this section have joint appointments in other UWSMPH departments and schools, including the Departments of Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Human Oncology, and the School of Pharmacy. Three members are GE Healthcare employees, but work on-site at WIMR and serve as Honorary Fellows. Working in concert with so many other institutions emphasizes UW Radiology’s commitment to collaboration, a hallmark of the department.
The Imaging Sciences Section contributes to many aspects of UW Radiology’s success. Read on to learn more about the Tumor Ablation Lab, the CT Research Group, UW Radiology’s collaboration with GE Healthcare, and much more.