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Research Laboratories

Radiology Diagnosis Reading Room
Radiology Research Laboratory
Radiology Researcher Microscope
Radiology Research Laboratory Team

Robust, extensive and collaborative -- these all describe the seven research laboratories operated within the Radiologic Sciences section of Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. Our investigators are known for the advancement of imaging technology as well as for innovative methods for the interpretation of radiological images.


Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Laboratory (BMRL)

The Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Laboratory (BMRL) and its collaborators advance and apply magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and imaging (MRI) for the study of biological systems. In conjunction with the Small-Animal Magnetic Resonance Facility, the BMRL provides the intellectual, instrumentation, and peripheral resources to support state-of-the-art preclinical MR imaging to the Washington University, St. Louis region, national, and international research communities.


Electronic Radiology Laboratory (ERL)

The Electronic Radiology Laboratory (ERL) investigates digital imaging technologies that support clinical and translational research and medical decision-making. The ERL also serves as the imaging core for multicenter clinical research projects and has an international reputation for algorithm and open source software development in the areas of image analysis, data modeling, and information processing.


Molecular Imaging Center (MIC)

The Molecular Imaging Center (MIC) characterizes and measures biological processes in living animals, model systems, and humans at the cellular and molecular level using remote imaging detection methods (PET/SPECT, MRI) and optical imaging (bioluminescence, fluorescence). Two overall strategies — the conventional approach, injectable agents, and a newer approach, genetically-encoded reporters — are employed in an effort to advance understanding of biology and medicine.


Neuroimaging Laboratory (NIL)

The Neuroimaging Laboratory (NIL) provides an interactive environment — including space and research infrastructure for studies employing positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in conjunction with detailed behavioral analyses to understand the human brain in health and disease — for nearly 150 faculty investigators, students, postdocs, and staff from seven Washington University departments. This multidisciplinary approach fosters collaborative research of the highest quality.


Optical Radiology Laboratory (ORL)

The Optical Radiology Laboratory (ORL) explores ways to use non-invasive optical measurements for functional and molecular biological imaging. The ORL’s optical imaging core uses high-quality optical microscopy units and state-of-the-art small animal imaging and spectroscopy systems to support NIH-funded researchers making important contributions to cancer research.


Precision Radio-Theranostics Translational Laboratories (PRT2L)

The Precision Radio-Theranostics Translational Laboratories (PRT2L) comprises a multidisciplinary group of faculty whose core mission is to develop and apply molecular imaging agents, therapeutics and technology to improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Its rich history of innovation in radio physics, instrumentation, radiochemistry, and computation imaging spans four decades; pioneering work done by researchers in the PRT2L has shaped the leading minds in the field of molecular imaging.