Wednesday, November 18, 2015
CLEVELAND – Cleveland has developed into a national leader for medical imaging, which is playing an ever-increasing role in medical diagnostics and research. Ten years ago, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center began assembling a team of researchers and imaging infrastructure with the goal of enabling faculty to make new discoveries and translate these to patients. This center, called the Case Center for Imaging Research (CCIR), examines structures spanning the spectrum from molecules to humans and has made significant contributions to research in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, orthopedic disorders, neurological diseases, genetics, drug addiction, and other disciplines.
In a survey taken a few years ago, doctors were asked what the number one development of the past 25 years was that most significantly impacted their ability to care for their patients. The number one and two responses were MRI and CT imaging. Imaging has only grown since that survey and new technologies are coming on line almost every day.
“CCIR is a unique imaging research center unlike any in the United States, because it integrates physicians and scientists allowing them to solve unmet clinical needs,” said James Basilion, PhD, director of the CCIR and professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve. “CCIR seeks to advance medicine through imaging science. The rapidly growing field of biomedical imaging enables us to visualize physiological structures, measure biological functions and evaluate cellular and molecular events without requiring invasive procedures,” said Dr. Basilion, who took over the reins of the center this past year from former director Jeffrey Duerk, PhD, now Dean of the Case School of Engineering and one of CCIR’s founders.