With access to state-of-the art imaging techniques, our radiology researchers can non-invasively measure anatomy, monitor physiological response and probe metabolism. We conduct numerous research projects initiated by ourselves as well as participate as co-investigators for other departments and institutions. For example, fatty infiltration of the liver can lead to the development of liver cirrhosis requiring a liver transplant– a significant problem in US society where 1 in 3 adults are obese and 1 in 6 children are obese. As such, we are investigating the use of MRI to monitor the development of fatty liver disease and its response to novel pharmacological treatments. Other faculty members participate in multi-center, NIH-funded trials to examine the effectiveness of novel treatments for various cancers. Using CT imaging these investigators can non-invasively monitor the progression of ovarian tumors in response to experimental therapeutic protocols – thus hastening the availability of more effective therapies for deadly cancers. Still others are investigating the efficacy of interventional treatments for stroke – seeking to find ways to treat stroke faster, more effectively and with fewer complications.
In addition, the Department of Radiology promotes human subject research through its state-of-the-art medical imaging facilities distributed across the Chandler Medical Center campus. For more information regarding the many imaging technologies available for human research, click here.
Please contact us if you have interest in participating in one of our research projects or if you have ideas for starting a new one.
Peter Hardy, Ph.D.