Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) serves as the eye of medicine, helping to guide the consulting physician in the discovery, treatment, and, ultimately, the healing of disease.
Combining innovative research and human expertise, Mallinckrodt Institute focuses its vision on the body’s interior, scanning the landscape for danger. The medical insight gained provides information often essential in diagnosing and treating ailments as routine as a simple fracture and as life-threatening as a malignant tumor.
Established in 1930, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology is one of the most scientifically sophisticated radiological centers in the world. Internationally recognized for its groundbreaking research - from the development of the first diagnostic test for gallbladder disease to the current development of functional maps of the brain’s sensory and language centers - the Institute continues to pioneer new radiological techniques for better patient care.
Mallinckrodt Institute is an integral part of the Washington University School of Medicine - serving as the school’s Department of Radiology - and the BJC Health System. MIR contributes to and shares in their long traditions of excellence. The Institute ocupies more than 400,000 total square feet, comprising its own 13-story building with satellite facilities in Barnes-Jewish, Barnard, St. Louis Children’s and Wohl Hospitals; the Clinical Science Research, Forest Park and East Buildings; and the Scott Avenue Imaging Center. The Department provides diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation physics and radiation oncology services for all hospitals in the Washington University Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital West County and Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Peters.
Ranked among the premier medical schools in the world, Washington University School of Medicine boasts one of the nation’s finest faculties. Twelve current faculty members have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, and 19 are members of the Academy’s Institute of Medicine - two of the highest honors accorded scientists in the United States. In addition, 14 Nobel laureates have been associated with the School.
MIR’s acknowledged standing as a radiological leader in turn enhances the reputation of the Washington University Medical Center. More than 50 chairs of academic radiology departments in the United States received thier training or taught at the Institute. Mallinckrodt Insitute alumni practice in 48 states and in 25 foreign countries. Grant support for the Institute, which comprises nearly 90 research projects, totals over $12 million a year, and the faculty publish a total of more than 200 scientific articles annually.
Committed to providing the finest services possible, Mallinckrodt Institute continually strives to improve its radiological sight. The unique accomplishments of the Institute of Radiology attest to its ongoing efforts to sharpen the vision of the eye of medicine.
Positron emission tomography (PET) was developed at Mallinckrodt Institute in the 1970’s, and the Institute continues to set the pace in PET technology. Today, the Institute is the world’s only medical institution equipped with two dedicated cyclotrons and a Tandem Cascade Accelerator for the production of radiopharmaceuticals used in PET studies. Computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), digital radiology, and other sophisticated technologies serve Mallinckrodt Institute’s patients and physicians. The Institute is a leader in the development of new isotopes for nuclear medicine, specialized treatment planning, and three-dimensional image reconstructions.
One of the best equipped multidisciplinary facilities worldwide, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University Imaging Center is dedicated to research in PET, MRI, and related sciences. The Imaging Center provides centralized resources for the scientific technology and for the development and application of advanced imaging systems.
The professional activities of the Institute are organized into four divisions: Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Sciences. Further, the Division of Diagnostic Radiology is subdivided into seven sections: abdominal, breast imaging, chest, vascular and interventional, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology, and pediatric.