UVA Radiology Research Ribbon Cutting and Open House
The University of Virginia Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging recently dedicated a medical imaging research center that will enhance UVA’s world-class research program and assist in developing new imaging techniques to provide personalized care for many conditions, including brain injuries, cancer and heart disease.
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The center features advanced imaging equipment, including a leading-edge MRI scanner, a PET-CT scanner and a microPET/SPECT/CT scanner, plus a radiochemistry lab.
The radiochemistry lab is developing radiopharmaceuticals, which are small radioactive agents that enable radiologists to create images of the body at the molecular level. This could lead to real-time diagnoses of a variety of diseases. An example is traumatic brain injuries such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a brain injury found in many football players – that now can only be identified after a patient’s death.