Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR)

Mission

Addressing human health and disease

The CCIR is a leading-edge imaging facility that provides the full spectrum of advanced imaging technologies and expertise to support basic and translational clinical research. Located in Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the CCIR allows scientists to study both inpatients and outpatients.

Goals

Provide comprehensive imaging tools and expertise for research, with access to inpatient and outpatient populations

Develop and evaluate new imaging approaches to provide new avenues for insight from the molecular level to entire biological systems

Offer training in one of the world’s largest clinical imaging facilities

Pamela Woodard, MD

Director: Pamela Woodard, MD

ccir.wustl.edu

The CCIR provides a unique opportunity to develop and apply imaging technologies that will greatly speed the progress of clinical and translational research.

— Pamela Woodard, MD

Overview

The Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR) is an innovative imaging facility fully dedicated to clinical imaging research. CCIR provides comprehensive imaging technologies and expertise for basic and translational clinical research. Its location in the West Pavilion of Barnes-Jewish Hospital allows researchers and their study participants — both inpatients and outpatients — to acquire imaging studies without ever leaving the hospital.

The 9,000-square-foot CCIR provides a full selection of leading-edge imaging equipment, including a new state-of-the-art simultaneous acquisition positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging (PET-MRI) scanner that allows a patient to undergo PET and MRI examination at the same time. This technology allows novel research in Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease and oncologic imaging, and at a reduced radiation dose. Other equipment includes two high-powered magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, a 64-slice high temporal resolution computed tomography (CT) scanner and an advanced PET-CT scanner.

Through the CCIR, researchers from many departments work to expand the application of existing scanning techniques to better understand the disease process, improve and accelerate disease diagnosis and assess the effects of treatment. Its scientists are also creating new imaging approaches that open up avenues for insight at scales ranging from molecular interactions to the activity of complete biological systems, all with potential to impact patient care.

Leadership

Director: Pamela Woodard, MD, professor of radiology