Medical Physics at the University of Chicago
- 1.5T MR scanners
- 3T MR scanner
- 9.4 MRI/MRS system
- electron paramagnetic resonance imaging spectrometer
- 16-, 32- and 64-slice helical CT scanners
- 256-slice helical cone-beam scanner
- 2 helical CT scanners with multiple 3D imaging workstations (for radiation treatment planning)
- Advanced 256-slice dual energy helical cone-beam scanner
- a dual-energy chest radiography system
- a full-field digital mammography system
- a PET scanner
- a medical cyclotron
- several computer-controlled dual-energy linear accelerators with multileaf collimators, dynamic treatment capability, solid-state megavoltage imagers, and kilovoltage 2D and cone-beam imaging capabilities
- a computer-controlled high dose rate remote after loading brachytherapy system
- a virtual reality display system
- several computed radiography systems
- many general-use and specialized image processing and display computers linked via a high-speed network
- a machine and electronics shop
The medical physics program at the University of Chicago is recognized internationally for its research excellence. Many of the investigators are leaders in their respective specialties. Faculty with a primary interest in diagnostic imaging hold appointments in the Department of Radiology, whereas faculty with a primary interest in the physics of radiation therapy hold appointments in the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology. Also, because the departments are located in the Medical Center of the University, there is strong interaction between the clinical and research staff.
The Department of Radiology houses the Multi-Modality Imaging Research Center, which provides over 14,000 square feet of research space dedicated to advancing the role of imaging in medicine. The research space provides for image analysis labs, wet labs for contrast medium development, hot labs for radiopharmeceutical research, and various image acquisition laboratories. The image analysis labs enable research in computer-aided diagnosis in breast imaging, chest radiography, skeletal radiography, computed tomography, SPECT, PET, reconstruction techniques, and vascular imaging. The center houses the Human Imaging Research Office, the Carl J. Vyborny Translational Laboratories for Breast Imaging Research (VyTL), the Kurt Rossmann Laboratories for Radiologic Image Research, the Frank Center for Image Analysis, the PET Center, and other image-based laboratories.
The Committee on Medical Physics also includes an NIH-supported center for the development of EPR imaging for in vivo physiology. This is a development center for a new magnetic resonance imaging technique using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) rather than nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) as its basis. High-resolution (sub-millimeter) images with quantitative sensitivity to oxygen concentrations, tissue pH, and body fluid diffusion constants are obtained using this technique.
These research centers, as well as the other resources of the radiology and radiation oncology departments, provide medical physics researchers at the University with access to a great many state-of-the-art facilities:
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