Jha Uses Novel Imaging Method to Measure Radiation Absorption

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Abhinav K. Jha, PhD, assistant professor of radiology for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues plan to measure the distribution and concentration of radiopharmaceutical materials in patients with cancer using a novel imaging method.

Jha and his colleagues aim to use low-count quantitative single photon emission computed tomography (LC-QSPECT) to measure the concentration of radiopharmaceutical activity in cancerous tumors and radio-sensitive organs of the body with a computational framework. Their efforts are funded by a four-year, $2.18 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Other MIR faculty joining Jha in this study are Daniel L.J. Thorek, associate professor of radiology; Richard Laforest, professor of radiology; Farrokh Dehdashti, MD, professor of radiology and senior vice chair and division director of nuclear medicine; Tyler J. Fraum, MD, assistant professor of radiology; and Richard L. Wahl, MD, the Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor of Radiology and director of MIR.

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