Research Areas

Cardiovascular Imaging: Clinical Research

Our research objectives are (1) to develop and validate cardiac SPECT, PET, CT and MRI methods for optimal application to patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease for prevention of cardiac events in asymptomatic patients, diagnosis in symptomatic patients, risk-stratification, and guiding patient management, and (2) to develop technical approaches that increase the information provided by the test and objectify the performance, analysis and interpretation of test results so that our results can have maximal generalizability.

 

Cardiovascular Imaging: Technical and Translational Research

Our research objectives are (1) to develop novel MRI techniques for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and therapeutic monitoring of cardiovascular disease, particularly coronary artery disease, and (2) to apply and validate these technique in animal models and patients, in close collaboration with clinicians.

 

Cardiovascular Imaging: Quantitative Image Analysis

Our research objectives are to development and validate novel computer techniques, to enhance and quantify the information derived from complex multidimensional cardiac images.

 

Oncology and Metabolic Imaging

Our research objectives are to develop new and better methods for cancer detection, monitoring and treatment evaluation through the use of the translational Research Imaging Core and collaboration with clinicians. The program is based on developing faster and higher resolution techniques as well as research into directly imaging the metabolic changes that occur with cancer. The program builds on the core research programs available at Cedars-Sinai to develop new cancer targeting contrast agents and also introduces new technology that can greatly enhance the MR signal.

 

Neuroimaging Research

Our research goals are to develop and apply advanced PET and MRI techniques in basic and clinical neurological and neuro-oncology research, focusing on five areas: Neuro-oncology, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, and Dementia.

 

MR Imaging & Spectroscopy in Diabetes and Obesity

Our research goals are to develop and apply MR imaging and spectroscopy for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

 

Skeletal Regeneration and Stem Cell Therapy Imaging

Our research goals are to develop and apply novel MRI and PET imaging techniques for skeletal regeneration and stem cell therapy.

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