Department of Radiology

In the News: Dr. Christie Draper

Posted 4:54 PM, July 6, 2010, by jaruiz

Draper_150.gifResearch by Christie Draper, PhD, Radiology postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Gold's lab, along with Radiology co-authors Garry Gold, MD, and Andy Quon, MD, was recently featured in an article entitled "F-18 NaF PET/CT Helps Detect Source of Patellofemoral Knee Pain." According to Christie, their main hypothesis was "that F-18 sodium fluoride PET/CT can be used to visualize localized regions of bone remodeling that occur in response to elevated tissue stress at the joint." They found that their PET/CT technique can help detect additional abnormalities 49% of the time in patients with patellofemoral knee pain. To read the full article, please access or download the PDF: F18 NaF PET_CT.pdf.

Christie received her BS in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and her MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Her dissertation work involved developing techniques to accurately measure knee joint kinematics from real-time MRI. As a postdoctoral scholar in Radiology, her research focuses on evaluating the potential of using 18F NaF PET/CT to diagnose and understand the causes of knee pain. In 2009, she was awarded the Clinical Biomechanics Award at the American Society of Biomechanics Meeting for her work evaluating differences between weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing knee joint kinematics.


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