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Medical Imaging

medical imagingMedical imaging is one of the longest standing biomedical engineering fields at the University of Rochester.

Medical imaging covers a broad scope of hardware and software development. Medical imaging research involves many different imaging modalities, and ranges from basic science to clinical applications.

Students work on highly interdisciplinary projects involving clinicians, radiologists, imaging scientists, physicists, computer scientists, and radiation oncologists. Our traditional strong hold was in ultrasound research both for clinical and scientific gain. Rochester's Center for Biomedical Ultrasound remains an active leader in this field.

The Rochester Center for Brain Imaging is home to a 3 Tesla MRI scanner dedicated for research and housed in a special location adjacent to the small bore 9.4T research magnet.

Medical imaging developments also result from our department’s expertise in Biomedical Optics and collaborations with the Institute of Optics.

Clinical applications of medical imaging in radiation oncology include novel approaches for screening, treatment and follow-up of cancer patients. Novel 3D tumor detection approaches are being applied for lung, brain and breast screening, and for virtual colonoscopy.

Our researchers are developing visualization tools to support the analysis of vast amounts of complex clinical imaging data. Computational image analysis software is being evaluated for multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, cancer and osteoporosis.

Example Research Projects:

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3D sonoacoustic radiationalgorithmsangiogenesisarthritic flarebiological effectspreclinical evaluation of new optical contrast agents
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wound healingbone repairchildrens gait

Current Researchers:

Edward Brown III, PhDMultiphoton laser scanning microscopy, novel in vivo imaging and measurement techniques, tumor biology, angiogenesis
Regine Choe, PhDDiffuse optics for in vivo cancer detection, diagnosis and therapy monitoring
Diane Dalecki, PhDBiomedical ultrasound, acoustics, lithotripsy, biological effects of ultrasound
Marvin Doyley, PhDTissue characterization, inverse problems, breast imaging, elastography, cardiovascular disease, molecular imaging, ultrasound, and MRI
Amy L. Lerner, PhDOrthopaedic biomechanics, bone growth and development, cartilage mechanics, medical image-based finite element modeling, knee biomechanics
Stephen A. McAleavey, PhDDevelopment of novel, clinically applicable ultrasound imaging techniques
Ruola Ning, PhDResearch radiology, CT physics, medical imaging systems
Kevin James Parker, PhDMedical imaging, digital imaging, halftoning, and novel scanning techniques using Doppler shift effects
Seth W. Perry, PhDOptical imaging approaches and technology development for cancer biology, immunology, and neuroscience
Jannick Rolland, PhDOptical instrumentation, system engineering, optical coherence tomography
Edward M. Schwarz, PhDPro-inflammatory cytokine signal transduction and novel drug and gene therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Axel W. E. Wismuller, MD, PhDIntelligent image acquisition and analysis systems in biomedicine
Jianhui Zhong, PhDDevelopment and medical application of magnetic resonance imaging