$5.01 Million NIBIB Grant Awarded to Dr. Lars Furenlid and team of collaborators

Dr. Lars Furenlid and a team of collaborators have been awarded a grant from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The project, titled ADAPTISPECT-C: A NEXT-GENERATION, ADAPTIVE BRAIN-IMAGING SPECT SYSTEM FOR DRUG DISCOVERY AND CLINICAL IMAGING, aims at leading the way in understanding the human brain by enabling the development of biomarkers with unprecedented specificity for mapping neuroreceptors and proteinopathies associated with disease and dementia.

Professor Harrison Barrett received $2.5 M NIBIB Grant

Professor Harrison Barrett has received a $2.5 M Grant from the NIBIB to continue the work supported by an R01 that has been continuously funded since 1990 and included a ten-year period NIH MERIT award.

Art Gmitro, PhD, selected as 2016 Founders Day speaker

Congratulations to Arthur F. Gmitro, PhD, the 2016 Founders Day lecturer at the UA College of Medicine! Dr. Gmitro will give the 2016 Founders Day lecture at noon, November 17, in Kiewit Auditorium. Founders Day is an occasion when we pause to honor the individuals whose scientific contributions allow the College of Medicine - Tucson to pursue its mission and fulfill its vision. The day is named in recognition of all those people, past and present, who have participated in the establishment and growth of the College.

Preclinical PET Scanner for Simultaneous PET/MRI Installed at the University of Arizona Could Contribute to Improved Tumor Assessment (excerpt courtesy of Cubresa Inc.)

On September 1, 2016, Cubresa Inc., a medical imaging company that develops and markets molecular imaging systems, announced the successful installation of their compact PET scanner called NuPET™ for preclinical PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona. The University of Arizona is developing a dual-modality approach by using Cubresa’s NuPET™ PET scanner and a dynamic MRI technique to more fully characterize cancerous tumors.

Drs. Taljanovic & Gimber Awarded 2016 RSNA Honored Educator Award

Mihra Taljanovic MD, PhD, and Lana Gimber, MD, have both earned the prestigious RSNA Honored Educator Award in 2016. This achievement recognizes an individual’s dedication to furthering the profession of radiology and commitment to radiology education by delivering high-quality educational content for RSNA endeavors.

Eight New Faculty Members Join the UA Department of Medical Imaging

We are pleased to introduce eight new faculty members who have joined the Department of Medical Imaging. All new faculty members will practice at both Banner-University Medical Center Tucson campuses.

Department of Medical Imaging doctors named Top Docs in Tucson Lifestyle

Several Department of Medical Imaging doctors have been selected as top doctors by Castle Connolly Ltd. and they are featured in the “Top Doctors” article in the current issue of Tucson Lifestyle (July Issue, page 41). Congratulations to these physicians (below) for being selected as Tucson’s Top Doctors in Tucson Lifestyle!

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) - A good option for the treatment of fibroids

It’s estimated that approximately 50 percent of all women of reproductive age have uterine fibroids, although not all are diagnosed. Uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyomas or fibromas, are tumors that develop in the uterus and are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. In most cases, the tumors are benign (non-cancerous). Some women with fibroids have no problems, some have mild symptoms and yet others have much more severe symptoms...

Dr. Unni Udayasankar selected for College of Medicine’s 2016 Learning to Lead Program

Dr. Unni Udayasankar, Associate Professor of Radiology, has been selected as a participant in the next cohort of the College of Medicine’s Learning to Lead leadership program.

UA-developed Molecular Imaging Technology Licensed to Lightpoint Medical

Tucson, Ariz. – The University of Arizona has signed an exclusive license agreement for a molecular imaging technology, Beta Emission Tomography, to Lightpoint Medical of Chesham, England. The technology was originally developed by Dr. Harrison Barrett, Regents’ Professor of Radiology and Optical Sciences, with his student Yijun Ding and colleague Dr. Luca Caucci at the University of Arizona Center for Gamma Ray Imaging in the College of Medicine - Tucson.

Incoming 2016 1st Year Radiology Residents

We are pleased and excited to welcome our incoming class of 2016 Diagnostic Radiology Residents as they join the Department of Medical Imaging and begin their residency on July 1st, 2016. Their expected completion date is June 30, 2020. Congratulations and welcome to the Department of Medical Imaging!

Department of Medical Imaging 2016 Fellows

The Department of Medical Imaging is pleased to welcome the 2016 - 2017 Fellow Cohort, which consists of 13 Fellows who are distributed between the following sections - Abdominal Radiology, Breast Imaging, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Neuroradiology, Head and Neck Imaging, Nuclear Radiology and Vascular & Interventional Radiology. The fellowship begins on July 1, 2016.

Breast Imaging Center gets 2nd 3-D Tomosynthesis Mammography Unit

The second tomosynthesis mammography unit that is currently being installed at the breast imaging center is a Hologic Selenia Dimensions mammography system. This equipment is the first FDA-approved 3-D mammography machine in the United States. Marketing for this particular machine began in February 2011. The system utilizes 3-D mammography technology, as does the previous unit that was installed at BIC in September 2014. In order to grow our practice and to offer our patients and providers flexibility in scheduling, a second tomosynthesis unit at the breast center was imperative.

Cryoablation for Fibroadenomas

At Banner University Medical Center we combine state-of-the-art technology and innovation with the expertise of our breast health, pathology and imaging teams to provide compassionate care for all breast-related conditions. The Banner University Breast Imaging Center is the only facility in the state that uses a new minimally-invasive procedure called cryoablation to treat fibroadenomas (non-cancerous breast tumors) .

UA Researchers Develop Brain-Mapping Technology

Researchers at the University of Arizona are developing a noninvasive brain-scanning technology that could produce images far superior to those obtained with the most commonly used systems — electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging. The technique, which incorporates sound waves to measure electrical activity in neural tissue, could improve diagnosis and treatment of many disorders, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and traumatic brain injury.

A Man of Vision: Interdisciplinary Researcher and Department Head Art Gmitro

Arthur F. Gmitro is a very busy man. A professor of medical imaging in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson with a joint appointment in the UA College of Optical Sciences, he holds the Margaret E. and Fenton L. Maynard Chair in Breast Cancer Imaging and also is head of the UA College of Engineering's Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Translational Imaging Program Project Stimulus (TIPPS) Fund

Imaging technologies have revolutionized our approach to clinical medicine particularly in the areas of diagnostics and therapeutic management, including real time imaging-guided therapeutics and minimally invasive procedures.

UACC students and fellows receive prestigious awards

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is home to some truly gifted young cancer researchers. A number of them have recently received prestigious awards and honors.

Laurence Hurley, PhD, named 13th annual Sydney E. Salmon, MD, Distinguished Investigator

Laurence Hurley, PhD, has been named the winner of the 13th annual Sydney E. Salmon, MD, Distinguished Investigator Award.

The cutting edge

At the University of Arizona Cancer Center, our researchers are joining forces to make precision medicine the new standard of care for cancer patients worldwide From genome sequencing to cellular biology to clinical application, the team at the UACC approaches its research from all angles to deliver the most forward-thinking, state-of-the-art cancer care.