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    SPRING/SUMMER 2017
    Editor: Marie Spadoni
    Photography: MIR Visual Media Center
    Design: Enrich Creative
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    Scanning The Horizon
    New PET Tracers Detect Cancers Sooner

    Three new radiotracers now available for clinical use at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology are revolutionizing the way certain cancers are detected and ultimately treated. When paired with a PET/CT scanner, the new tracers — C-11 choline, F-18-fluciclovine (FACBC) and Ga-68 dotatate — provide essential information previously unattainable.
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    Case In Point
    Detecting Autism Earlier

    A key developmental behavior occurring around the first year of life — one that most parents or caregivers give barely a thought to — is the event called initiation of joint attention. This is where a toddler will see something of interest and point at it or otherwise acknowledge its existence by a shifting eye gaze or a non-linguistic babble in the presence of another toddler or person.
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    All In The Family - A Second Study

    Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology researchers participated in a national study that predicted, with 80% accuracy, the likelihood of autism in babies who have an older sibling with the disorder. It’s estimated that one out of every 100 babies born in the U.S. develops autism. The risk may be as high as 20 out of every 100 births for infants with older siblings with the disorder.
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    In The Nick Of Time
    Tiny nicks in the skin and arteries help deliver minimally invasive treatments that diminish leg pain caused by peripheral arterial disease.

    Vinita Woods noticed the pain in her right leg about 12 years ago when she was a delivery driver for the local Meals on Wheels program. "Jumping off and on the truck, that’s when I noticed it," says Woods, a resident of The Grove, a St. Louis neighborhood near Washington University Medical Center. That's also when Woods suspects her peripheral arterial disease (PAD) began.
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    A Change Would Do You Good
    Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology continues to "define how radiology is practiced" as it ushers in its next generation of leaders.

    So when current MIR director and radiology department chair Richard L. Wahl, MD, came on board in 2015, McKinstry approached him about his desire for a job change. It was well past his self-imposed deadline: he had been chief of pediatric imaging for nine years. But he was also director of the Center for Clinical Imaging Research and the Division Chief of Research Facilities. For Pamela K. Woodard, MD, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, success has been a balancing act. Since 2012, she has directed the Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR), helping the research facility grow and making it fiscally sound.
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    New PET Tracer Detects Alzheimer’s Earlier

    Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology researchers have developed a new PET tracer that potentially detects Alzheimer’s disease better and earlier than the other imaging compounds currently available.
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    Avoid Breast Biopsy Surgery With New System

    A new breast biopsy system that’s compatible with digital breast tomosynthesis — also known as 3D mammography — is now available at the Breast Health Center. Prior to the acquisition of this new piece of equipment, women with certain suspicious breast findings detected through tomosynthesis had to undergo a surgical biopsy.
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    2017 MIR Research Symposium

    Close to 200 faculty, staff and postdoctoral research associates turned out for the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology 2017 Research Symposium and poster session held in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center on March 28. The annual event included more than 60 posters showcasing an array of ongoing basic and clinical research conducted by MIR investigators. Lectures were also presented by Beau Ances, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and radiology; Vijay Sharma, PhD, professor of radiology, neurology and biomedical engineering; and Suresh Vendantham, MD, professor of radiology and surgery.
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    Alumni Spotlight

    Howard Forman, MD, MBA, is a professor of diagnostic radiology (and vice chair of finance), public health (health policy), economics and management at Yale University. His interest in health policy was sparked during his residency at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology and his expertise in the field has taken him to the halls of the U.S. Senate and the White House.
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    Honors & Awards

    MIR faculty William H. McAlister, MD, Sheng-Kwei Song, PhD, and Farrokh Dehdashti, MD, were honored recently at Washington University School of Medicine’s 2017 Distinguished Faculty Awards ceremony. The annual event, held February 15 at the medical school’s Eric P. Newman Education Center, recognizes physicians from across the university for their achievements in clinical care, community service, research and teaching.
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    Grants

    Joseph Ippolito, MD, PhD, an instructor in radiology, received a one-year, $50,000 grant for "Hybrid MR/MALDI Imaging of Prostate Cancer: A Feasibility Study" from the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The grant is effective through October 2017.
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    Lectures

    Pamela K. Woodard, MD, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, was selected to give the Charles T. Dotter Memorial Lecture at the 2016 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. The lecture, presented on November 25, 2016, was titled "Precision Plaque Imaging: Are We There Yet?" Woodard also presented "Cardiac PET/ MRI: Tool or Toy?" at the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance on February 3, 2017, in Washington D.C.
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    Appointments & Promotions

    Adam Q. Bauer, PhD Assistant Professor of Radiology Scott Beeman, PhD Assistant Professor of Radiology
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    Dehdashti Named Senior Vice Chair For Nuclear Medicine

    Following a national and international search, Farrokh Dehdashti, MD, has been appointed Senior Vice Chair and Division Director for Nuclear Medicine effective July 1, 2017. She replaces Barry A. Siegel, MD, who has served in the position since 1973.
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    Dr. O. Clark West Returns To Alma Mater

    Alumnus O. Clark West, MD, FASER, FACR, returned to Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology to deliver the 23rd annual Hyman R. Senturia Memorial Lecture on April 7, 2017.
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    Wippold Steps Down As Chief Of Neuroradiology

    Franz J. "Jay" Wippold, MD, announced his decision to step down as chief of neuroradiology effective July 1, 2017. He joined Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in 1989 as an assistant professor. "Jay and I met at MIR as trainees in 1982," says MIR director Richard L. Wahl, MD. "His multidimensional skills were apparent then and have grown over the decades."
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    Global Speaker Visits MIR To Talk About “What’s Next?”

    Guest lecturer Lale Kostakoglu, MD, MPH, a professor of radiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, presented “Evolutions in PET/CT-Based Response Evaluation in Lymphoma: What’s Next?” at the 31st annual Daniel R. Biello Memorial Lecture at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology on March 8, 2017.
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    Dr. Ippoloito Goes To Washington

    Joseph Ippolito, MD, PhD, instructor in radiology, was selected as a 2017 recipient of a travel award from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research. The award allowed Ippolito and 14 other young investigators to participate in the 8th Annual Medical Imaging Technology Showcase in Washington D.C. on March 27, 2017. As an awardee, Ippolito became part of the Academy Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECI2).
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    A Look Back
    What A Difference A Decade Makes

    In 2008, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology was the site of seminal research into autism, and the pioneering subjects were just six months old. Nearly a decade later, at least three of the same researchers participated in a breakthrough national study that predicted with 80% accuracy the likelihood of autism in babies who have an older sibling with the disorder.
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