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Ohio Third Frontier awards $2.5 million for imaging research in Cleveland
Date:9/6/2011

ss of diagnostic imaging modalities, the PET/MRI brings together the complementary capabilities of MRI and PET to better visualize both functional and anatomical information. The use of MRI alone to detect breast cancer often leads to false positive results because it picks up benign abnormalities, but combining the images with PET may enhance the ability to detect malignant areas. This greater resolution has the potential to provide physicians with the ability to improve surgical planning and better monitoring of the disease.

Raymond Muzic, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Oncology and Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, is the overall project leader. The research team includes Donna Plecha, MD, Director of Breast Imaging and Assistant Professor, James O'Donnell, MD, Director of Nuclear Medicine and Professor, and Peter Faulhaber, MD, Radiologist and Associate Professor, UH Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University Department of Radiology, and Piotr Maniawski of Philips.

  • Cardiac Perfusion with Computed Tomography (CT): $1,580,000 for a project to create a novel cardiac imaging product which will enable emergency room physicians to make more definitive diagnoses and immediate treatment decisions for heart attack patients. The research team will explore the use of cardiac perfusion technology to provide a detailed assessment of areas of the heart which are not getting enough blood or to find out how much heart muscle has been damaged, building upon state-of-the-art CT technology created by Philips Healthcare Cleveland. These systems will capture snapshot 3D views of the beating heart with incredible detail to determine local blood flow. By combining the traditional capabilities to assess coronary anatomy with the new ability to assess physiological blood flow will provide a "one stop shop" for cardiac imaging which is not available with any existing single imaging modality. This will en
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Contact: Alicia Reale
alicia.reale@uhhospitals.org
216-844-5158
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

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