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Oncologic Imaging

Program Co-Leaders: Samuel Achilefu, PhD, and Farrokh Dehdashti, MD

Washington University has a long history of research in the area of imaging. Investigations on the clinical application of the first computed tomography scanner were carried out at Washington University, and positron emission tomography was initially developed here.

The Oncologic Imaging Program emphasizes the development of novel imaging agents for nuclear imaging, MR imaging and optical imaging as well as the application of a variety of imaging techniques to oncologic problems. The program's research is focused in the following areas:

  • The development of new imaging agents
  • The development of new techniques in the area of molecular imaging
  • The extension of agents initially designed for imaging to therapeutic applications with unsealed sources
  • The application of modern imaging techniques for the evaluation and planning of radiation treatment.

The Oncologic Imaging Program has more than 30 members from seven departments and two schools. The program has the goal of expanding collaboration on the application of imaging techniques to answer specific questions in other research programs. The program is applying its expertise in small animal imaging to collaborations with basic science programs as well as translating basic science research to human populations.


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Samuel Achilefu, PhD Radiology
Joseph Ackerman, PhD Chemistry
Mark Anastasio, PhD Biomedical Engineering
Mikhail Berezin, PhD Radiology
Jeffrey Bradley, MD Radiation Oncology
Shelton Caruthers, PhD Internal Medicine
Joseph Culver, PhD Radiology
Farrokh Dehdashti, MD Radiology
Kathryn Fowler, MD Radiology
Joel Garbow, PhD Radiology
Perry Grigsby, MD, MS, MBA Radiation Oncology
Joshua Hood, MD, PhD Internal Medicine
Richard Laforest, PhD Radiology
Suzanne Lapi, PhD Radiology
Yongjian Liu, PhD Radiology
Daniel Marcus, PhD Radiology
Jonathan McConathy, MD, PhD Radiology
Stephen Moerlein, PharmD, PhD Radiology
Fred Prior, PhD Radiology
David Reichert, PhD Radiology
Buck Rogers, PhD Radiation Oncology
Vijay Sharma, PhD Radiology
Kooresh Shoghi, PhD Radiology
Monica Shokeen, PhD, MBA Radiology
Barry Siegel, MD Radiology
Srikanth Singamaneni, PhD Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Yuan-Chuan Tai, PhD Radiology
John-Stephen Taylor, PhD Chemistry
Wade Thorstad, MD Radiation Oncology
Dinesh Thotala, PhD Radiation Oncology
Lihong Wang, PhD Biomedical Engineering
Samuel Wickline, MD Internal Medicine
Dong Zhou, PhD Radiology