Media at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology


Media Contact

For all queries related to Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR), please contact Marie Spadoni, marketing director.


Focal Spot, the magazine of Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, is published twice yearly. It chronicles MIR's present, explores its future, and recalls the institution's past, enhancing its reputation as a leader in medical imaging, technology, education, basic investigation, clinical research, and patient care. 
For more information about Focal Spot, contact editor Marie Spadoni.

Focal Spot Cover Winter 2020

Winter 2020

Andrew J. Bierhals, MD, Paula Grow, and James R. Duncan, MD, PhD. Grow, a registered nurse, coordinates MIR’s follow-up program.



Focal Spot Cover Summer 2019

Summer 2019

A 1988 issue of Focal Spot with her picture on the cover is just one of Amanda Smith’s mementos from her time at MIR.



Focal Spot Cover Winter 2019

Winter 2019

Not even a Chicago blizzard could keep attendees from the 2018 RSNA annual meeting in November.



Fall 2018

Metastatic melanoma patient Chris Plummer still works his farm every day, thanks to treatment resulting in unprecedented control of his tumors.



Spring/Summer 2018

Fifteen-year-old Arron Whitt was treated nearly nine hours after his stroke began.





Winter 2018

MIR faculty and staff joined radiology professionals from around the world at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America's (RSNA) annual meeting held in November at McCormick Place in Chicago.



Fall/Winter 2017

Marilyn J. Siegel, MD, professor of radiology and pediatrics, is a recognized industry expert when it comes to CT protocols for children.



Spring 2017

The cyclotron facility at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology includes a nuclear pharmacy capable of distributing radiopharmaceuticals and radiochemicals to institutions across the U.S. and Canada.


Fall 2016

The first mammography van hit the road in August, 1986. In the intervening years, it's undergone several innovations. The most recent model, debuted in March 2016, offers the latest breast imaging technology, including 3D mammography.


Spring 2016

Samuel I. Achilefu, PhD, is named
Ter-Pogossian professor and director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy, researchers are adapting hands-free Xbox technology to produce high-quality X-rays, a young patient's cancer is monitored using PET/MR imaging, and a pediatric neurologist studies the impact of constraint-induced movement therapy on the brain.


Summer/Fall 2015

Uterine fibroid embolization offers relief for women, new departmental leaders guide Mallinckrodt in emerging areas of importance, and researchers use diffuse optical tomography (DOT) to study the underlying neuroscience behind both autism and basic brain development in children.


Winter 2015

Interventional musculoskeletal radiologists use cryoablation (cold) and radiofrequency ablation (heat) to treat metastatic bone cancer, nuclear medicine specialist Richard L. Wahl, MD, joins MIR as department chair, and researchers image ancient mummies.


Summer/Fall 2014

Breast radiologists compare the benefits and costs of 3D (tomosynthesis) vs. 2D imaging, MIR installs its latest cyclotron and opens a corresponding Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility, researchers lead an NIH study on a new treatment for deep vein thrombosis, and MIR's Imaging and Response Assesment Core (IRAC) provides analyses for conventional and functional imaging in cancer clinical trials.


Spring 2014

Researchers and clinicians examine the use of combined PET/MRI, a supercomputer used by multidisciplinary investigators from across Washington University is run by MIR and the university's School of Engineering, high-tech goggles allow surgeons a clearer view of cancer, and the scientific community at large benefits from the Human Connectome Project.