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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.