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Radiology Research Sections

Canary Center at Stanford for Early Cancer Detection

The Canary Center at Stanford is a world-class facility dedicated to cancer early detection research programs. The mission of the Center is to foster research leading to the development of blood tests and molecular imaging approaches to detect and localize early cancers. The Center is the first in the world to integrate research on both in vivo and in vitro diagnostics to deliver these tests, by housing state-of-the-art core facilities and collaborative research programs in molecular imaging, proteomics, chemistry, engineering, and bioinformatics. These initiatives have extensive links to the Cancer Center at Stanford, forming a direct pipeline for the translation of early cancer detection research into clinical trials and practice. The Center was established through an alliance between the Canary Foundation, founded by Don Listwin, the Department of Radiology, and the School of Medicine. The Center is directed by Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor in Cancer Research and Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. more info »

Integrative Biomedical Imaging Informatics at Stanford (IBIIS)

The mission of Integrative Biomedical Imaging Informatics at Stanford (IBIIS), established in 2008, is to advance the clinical and basic sciences in radiology, while improving our understanding of biology and the manifestations of disease, by pioneering methods in the information sciences that integrate imaging, clinical and molecular data. The IBIIS vision is the gaining of new knowledge from imaging examinations by integrating and analyzing them with related clinical and molecular data. IBIIS aims to achieve this goal by exploring the full spectrum of information-intensive activities in imaging (e.g., image management, storage, retrieval, processing, analysis, understanding, visualization, navigation, interpretation, reporting, and communications) and in non-imaging domains (e.g., pathology, molecular and genetic markers, family history, prior medical reports, and clinical outcomes). more info »

Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS)

The Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) established as an inter-disciplinary program in 2003 by the Dean of the School of Medicine (Dr. Philip Pizzo) brings together scientists and physicians who share a common interest in developing and using state-of-the-art imaging technology and developing molecular imaging assays for studying intact biological systems. A multimodality approach using imaging technologies such as positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), digital autoradiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), optical bioluminescence, optical fluorescence, and ultrasound are all technologies under active development and investigation. The goals of the program are to fundamentally change how biological research is performed with cells in their intact environment in living subjects and to develop new ways to diagnose diseases and monitor therapies in patients. Areas of active investigation are cancer research, microbiology/immunology, developmental biology and pharmacology. more info »

Radiological Sciences Lab (RSL)

The Radiological Sciences Lab (RSL), established in 1990, has been located in the Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging since 1992. The RSL is comprised of 9 faculty, approximately 50 graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, and approximately 35 scientific and administrative staff. The Lucas Center continues to be one of the world's largest imaging centers located on a university campus, and devoted entirely to research in the radiological sciences. Although the Center has expanded to include other areas of imaging research, the original building and concept was conceived as a site for the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). In conjunction with the Electrical Engineering Department, the RSL has hosted the Center for Advanced MR Technology, an NIH-funded National Research Resource since 1995. The Center also houses a cyclotron and radiochemistry labs as well as other wet labs for the Molecular Imaging Program (MIPS) directed by Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir. The Center's state-of-the-art imaging facilities support research not only for the RSL and others in the Radiology department, but also for hundreds of on-campus and extramural researchers as a core facility. The Center has always been, and remains, an exciting and lively nexus for fundamental imaging research. more info »

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