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Research Overview

Research in Radiology - Stony Brook Medicine

Welcome to SB Medicine Radiology Research Website

For 45+ years, Stony Brook University has been at the forefront of medical imaging research. Stony Brook is the birth place of MRI (Nobel laureate Dr. Paul Lauterbur), the first PET imaging (FDG) tracer, Technetium SPECT imaging tracer, in vivo hyperpolarized Xenon MRI of the lung, and the diagnostic breakthrough of the virtual colonoscopy. Our faculty continue to contribute to breakthrough discovery and advancement in MRI, PET, SPECT and 3D tomosynthesis, 3D virtual colonoscopy, image analysis, image feature extraction, detector technologies, and medical physics. They apply these technologies to study anatomy, physiology and function in health and disease at the system level (brain, cardiac, body, and MSK). Our research portfolio spans the entire spectrum of basic, translational to clinical research in imaging sciences. The department is also home to a CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics graduate and residency program.

I encourage you to explore our websites. Thank you for visiting. 

Tim Duong, PhD
Vice Chair for Research, Director of MRI Research, Radiology 
Director of Preclinical MRI Center, Radiology 
Email: Tim Duong tim.duong@stonybrookmedicine.edu 


Annual research grant budget: $4M with $6M in submitted grant proposals.
Number of clinical faculty: 60 (~40FTE)
Number of research faculty: 10 (core) and 10 (cross)
Number of medical physcist faculty: 5
Number of PhD students: 25
Number of undergrad and medical students: 30+
Number of residents: 25

Core Values - 

     Excellence, Integrity, Collegiality and People

Mission Statement - 

  • To become a world-class research department committed to discovering breakthroughs in image sciences to improve health
  • To enhance a sustainable research portfolio that spans translational and clinical research
  • To mentor trainees toward a strong workforce of tomorrow in imaging sciences.

Area of research interests 
Our faculty engage in innovative research in MRI, PET, SPECT, CT, X-ray technologies, image analysis, radiochemistry, and their applications to a wide range of diseases and disorders (such as cancer, psychiatric disorders, neurological disorders, metabolic disorders). Some of the on going projects include: 

  • MRI method developments
  • MRI of experimental cancer 
  • PET Studies of Breast Cancer and Neuroinflammation
  • Multi-functional imaging agents for cancers
  • Tissue-sparing x-ray microbeams: Applications in cancer and neurological regeneration
  • MRI of neurological and ophthalmologic disorders
  • PET/MR imaging technology and applications in precision medicine
  • Novel PET and X-ray Detector Technology
  • Innovative MRI methods for neural, renal and MSK applications
  • Multi-parametric MRI of acquired brain injuries
  • Multi-parametric MRI of breast cancer
  • Image feature extraction for early lung and colon cancer detection
  • Retinal MRI of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy
  • Novel tracers from state-of-the-art radiochemistry lab
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic imaging agents for cancer
  • PET technologies for neural and breast imaging
  • 3D dual-energy tomosynthesis for breast cancer
  • Multiparametric MRI of prostate cancer