New Grants 2015

Dr. Carolyn Anderson’s new R01, “PET Probes Targeting Immune Cells for Imaging Tuberculosis” was recently recommended for funding. This study will develop new PET imaging probes that target activated macrophages and neutrophils found in TB lesions, which could eventually lead to more accurate diagnoses and techniques to assess treatment response.

Dr. Panigrahy has been awarded an R01 to study the brain connectcome and neurodevelopmental outcomes in pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. The goal of this study is to evaluate the association between alterations in brain networks and neurocognitive deficits in Fontan survivors to better understand the role of developing neural architecture in cognitive-behavioral phenotypes.

Imaging Research Advocacy

Shandong Wu, PhD received a travel award from the Academy of Radiology research to attend the Medical Technology Showcase on Capitol Hill. This event, sponsored by the Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research, brought together researchers, industry representatives as well as members of Congress and their staff as a way to raise the profile of imaging research. Dr. Wu presented his work on developing quantitative breast MRI biomarkers for improving breast cancer risk assessment.

2015 Pittsburgh MR Imaging Community Retreat

The 4th annual Pittsburgh MR Imaging Community Retreat was recently held in the Biomedical Science Tower. The retreat consisted of a poser session and talks that highlighted work done at each of the imaging centers across the community. At the end of the retreat, winners were announced for best poster in three groups:

1. Students
    Bart Larsen: The development of convergent corticostrial connectivity during adolescence.

2. Postdoctoral Fellows
    Alex Poplawsky: Pharmacological blockade of inhibitory neuronal activation reduces the evoked fMRI response to LOT stimulation in the rat olfactory bulb.

3. Junior Faculty
    Layla Banihashemi: Childhood adversity predicts the structural integrity of limbic white matter in combat veterans.

Establishment of the ENT Imaging Center of Excellence

The ENT Imaging Center of Excellence offers highly sub-specialized interpretations of CT, MRI, and PET/CT examinations for Otolaryngology patients throughout the UPMC enterprise. ENT Radiologists have established a physical presence in the ENT clinic at the Eye and Ear Hospital that we hope will become a model for other clinics that would benefit from an embedded radiologist.

Dual Energy CT

The Abdominal Imaging Division has implemented the dual energy CT technique in their routine daily practice, performing over 600 studies in the last year. Dual energy CT is now typically used for liver, pancreas and renal imaging at Presbyterian hospital. We are working with GE to improve protocols and reduce radiation dose.

Construction of New Radiology Department Completed

The 2-year, $48 million Presbyterian University Hospital Department of Radiology construction project has finally been completed with spectacular results. The new department highlights the central role of academic subspecialist radiologists in quality health care delivery, allows for future growth in subspecialty consultation, facilitates education of future radiologists, and most importantly, improves the experience of both inpatients and outpatients during their brief stays in the department.

Improvements include:
  • A more dignified, inviting, patient experience from registration through discharge.
  • Large, state-of-the-art subspecialty-based reading rooms outfitted with IT infrastructure to support consultative services throughout UPMC and elsewhere, and located close to globally upgraded modalities that maximize direct interactions between radiologists, technical support staff and patients.

Medical Student Symposium 2015

2nd Annual Interventional Radiology Educational Symposium was held on October, 2015.
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Academy of Radiology Research Distinguished Investigator Award

The Academy of Radiology Research presented Drs. Carolyn Anderson, Hoby Hetherington, James Mountz, Chet Mathis and Robert Nishikawa with their Distinguished Investigator Award at the RSNA meeting in Chicago. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of imaging research.

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