Radiology has often been called the "Eye of Medicine." And it is research that sharpens this eye of medicine, continually striving to improve radiological sight.
Mallinckrodt Institute has an extensive, collaborative research division (Division of Radiological Sciences) based on modern scientific disciplines. Our research programs are highly productive. In fiscal year 2008, MIR received 52 National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards, totaling $24.6 million.
Our researchers are known for their advancement of imaging technology as well as for innovative methods for the interpretation of radiological images. For example, the first useable positron emission tomography (PET) scanner was developed and built in the early 1970s by a team of researchers at Mallinckrodt Institute. One of the Institute's most significant contributions to medicine, PET produces an image of function rather than of form and is now useful in the diagnosis, staging, and treatment planning of many types of cancer as well as the diagnosis of neurological disorders and cardiac disease.
Mallinckrodt Institute also has an important role in BioMed 21, Washington University in St. Louis' exciting strategic plan for developing a multidisciplinary approach to basic and clinical research.