Dennis ParkerThe Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences is fortunate to have an internationally acclaimed research division, Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research (UCAIR). UCAIR is a university-recognized center, supporting all types of imaging research throughout the campus. UCAIR currently consists of 75 employees including PhD scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, clinical radiologists, and staff. We provide the technology and infrastructure necessary to conduct and support research, including state-of-the-art imaging hardware and imaging techniques, as well as opportunities for collaboration with our research-oriented medical physicists, engineers, radiologists and technologists. UCAIR also supports two clinical coordinators to facilitate clinical trials. UCAIR is located in the INC building in Research Park, adjacent to the University of Utah campus and the University of Utah Medical Center.

A major goal of UCAIR is to develop novel imaging solutions to important medical problems. Our emphasis is on CTMRI, PET, and SPECT and their novel clinical applications.

UCAIR Labs

  • Brain Network Lab

    Jeffrey Anderson, MD, PhD

  • Cardiovascular MRI Group

    We are interested in developing innovative technical solutions to increase the clinical adoption of focused ultrasound, a non-invasive energy delivery method that can damage target tissues while sparing surrounding healthy tissues.

    Edward DiBella, PhD

  • CNS Biophysics Lab

    Dr. Jeong specializes in data acquisition by MRI and MR spectroscopy. He is an expert in unconventional MR imaging, which includes high-resolution diffusion tensor MRI of spinal cord and optic nerve, and non-proton MR imaging such as MRI/S of 19F, 3He, 31P. Click on the following links for more information on our research projects:

    Eun-Kee Jeong, PhD

  • CT Research Lab

    We are interested in all aspects of X-ray computed tomography including image reconstruction algorithms, scanner design, simulation models and Monte Carlo transport of photons, noise and dose evaluations, and task-based assessment of image quality using both model and human observers. Our applications of interest cover diagnostic CT imaging as well as cone-beam CT imaging in interventional radiology and oncology. The link to our lab illustrates the impact of our work in the context of interventional radiology.

    Frederic Noo, PhD

  • Focused Ultrasound Group

    We are interested in developing innovative technical solutions to increase the clinical adoption of focused ultrasound, a non-invasive energy delivery method that can damage target tissues while sparing surrounding healthy tissues.

    Allison Payne, PhD

  • G. Lawrence Zeng Lab

    Dr. Zeng's research focuses on the investigation of improved imaging geometries and the development of more precise image reconstruction algorithms for Single Photon Emission Computed Tomographic imaging, or SPECT.

    G. Lawrence Zeng, PhD

  • Neuroimaging and Biotechnology Lab (NIBL)

    The NeuroImaging and Biotechnology Laboratory (NIBL) investigates a variety of brain disorders including Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, and aging. The lab's principal investigators are Donna Cross, PhD, and Satoshi Minoshima, MD, PhD.

    Donna Cross, PhD & Satoshi Minoshima, MD, PhD

  • Neurovascular Imaging Group

    Professors Parker, McNally and Hadley, together with collaborators from Vascular Surgery and Neurology, lead the research program in neurovascular imaging. Our primary interest is in developing advanced MRI methods to image disease and vascular pathology in the head and neck that are sources of stroke.

    Dennis L. Parker, PhD

  • Quantitative Cancer Imaging Lab

    Kathryn Morton, MD & John Hoffman, MD

  • Quantitative and Functional PET/CT Laboratory

    The Quantitative and Functional PET/CT Laboratory develops new technologies for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, covering the broad range from basic science physics and engineering research through translational clinical trials.

    Dan J. Kadrmas, PhD

  • Radiobiology Lab

    We study the affects of radiation on tissue - particularly bone - and are supported in large part by the Utah Department of Energy.

    Scott Miller, PhD

  • Radio Frequency Coil and Electronics Laboratory

    The Coil Lab designs, constructs, and develops novel MR gradient and receives coils for specific MR imaging needs.

    J. Rock Hadley, PhD, MS