Coronavirus information for Feinberg.

Areas of Research

The Department of Radiology has a robust research enterprise, with our faculty members and trainees taking part in scientific advances in a number of areas. Browse our Areas of Research below to learn more about our current work within each topic.

Research Faculty

 Bradley Allen

My research and clinical interests include medical imaging, cardiovascular disease diagnosis and treatment, lung cancer, fluid mechanics, and computer science. As a cardiothoracic radiologist, I am interested in applying advanced imaging techniques, primarily cardiovascular and pulmonary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in diseases, cohorts, and clinical scenarios where these techniques have not been previously applied. For further details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Sameer Ansari

My research projects include industry-sponsored clinical studies as well as PI and Co-Investigator roles on NIH R01 and R21 projects. My goal is to study MR imaging-based risk stratification of neurovascular diseases – particularly in ischemic stroke and intracranial atherosclerotic disease. This research is put into clinical practice by increasing effectiveness of interventional treatment planning.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Ryan Avery

For more information on my research, please visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page or my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Sonya Bhole

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Amir Borhani

I have a special interest in quantitative imaging and radiomics, with focus on hepatobiliary and pancreatic disorders. I also serve as the Director of CT and am involved in CT-based technical research projects such as spectral CT and CT-based material decomposition.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

 James Carr

I am Chair of the Department of Radiology at Northwestern University. I am also the Knight family Professor of Cardiac Imaging and professor of Radiology, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

My research has focused on the development and clinical evaluation of techniques for cardiac and vascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as well as Cardiac and Coronary CT angiography. I have over 220 peer-reviewed publications in cardiovascular MRI and CT.

I am currently co-principal investigator on a NIH funded study assessing heart transplant patients with MRI. I have been PI and co-investigator on several other NIH funded and industry sponsored grants, all on the topics of cardiovascular MRI and CT. Specifically, I have been the primary site investigator for several multicenter studies (i.e. MESA, CARDIA, MASALA, MACS, REPRIEVE studies) using CT coronary calcium scoring and coronary CT angiography to measure prevalence of coronary disease in certain at risk populations. I have worked and published extensively on developmental and clinically translatable work related to 4D flow MRI and CT angiography. For details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Yu Fen Chen

My research focuses on applications of MR perfusion methods such as arterial spin labeling (ASL) or dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) imaging. Some of my projects include using ASL to study brain changes after sports-related concussion, treatment-related recovery in aphasia patients and single dose DSC-DCE.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Kush Desai

My primary research and clinical interests are in venous thromboembolic disease, including IVC filter management/complex IVC filter retrieval, deep venous thrombolysis, reconstruction of chronic venous occlusions, and interventional pulmonary embolism management.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Mohammed Elbaz

My expertise intersects between computer science, medical imaging and applied fluid dynamics. I have 12+ years of experience in medical image analysis research and development in both academia and industry. Recently, I have been focusing my research on cardiovascular hemodynamics, where I employ my technical background in medical image analysis, cardiovascular 4D flow MRI and fluid dynamics to develop methods to improve diagnosis and treatment of heart disease using the state-of-the-art 4D Flow MRI technology. In particular,I have developed methods to utilize 4D Flow MRI for advanced visualization and quantification of 3D time-resolved intra-cardiac blood flow patterns and energetics. For further details, visit my lab's website or the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Sarah M. Friedewald

I am the Division Chief of Breast and Women’s Imaging and Medical Director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

My specific area of focus is exploring the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis in both the screening and diagnostic setting. I have published one of the largest studies to date on DBT and its performance characteristics.

I am currently the site PI for an international, multi-center ECOG-ACRIN cooperative group clinical trial that is exploring the utility of an abbreviated MRI scan as an added screening modality for women with dense breasts. I am also the site PI for an international, industry sponsored, MRI contrast clinical trial, funded by Guerbet that is exploring the superiority of new contrast agents. In addition, I am conducting a device study, evaluating a new Optical Coherence Tomography (OTC) device for the imaging of breast core biopsies which has the potential to improve patient care.

I am also part of several other research projects many of which are collaborations with inter and intra-departmental investigators as well as collaborators from other institutions.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Laleh Golestani Rad

I am an engineer and scientist with expertise in the application of computational electromagnetic techniques for the safety assessment of medical imaging and therapeutic devices. My work currently focuses on application of computational modeling to guide hardware design, safety assessments, and the optimization of imaging protocols for MRI scans in patients with conductive implants.

For more information on my research, please view my McCormick School of Engineering or my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profiles.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Thomas Grant

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Virginia Hill

I have multiple projects, including texture analysis of glioblastomas treated with immunotherapy to determine radiogenomics and to differentiate between true progression and pseudoprogression, radiogenomics of gliomas in general, automatic detection of head CT emergencies, automatic detection and measurement of brain metastases on MRI.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Jeanne Horowitz

I am Director of Gynecologic Imaging within the Department of Radiology. My research and scholarly work in obstetric and gynecologic imaging includes ultrasound, CT, and MRI including work in the areas of gynecologic oncology, maternal fetal medicine, minimally invasive surgery, and pelvic reconstructive medicine. Other areas of research interest include liver imaging, male pelvic imaging, education, and informatics.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Michael Hurley

My research focuses on cerebral aneurysm risk assessment via advanced MR imaging, 4 dimensional flow, wall permeability, and non invasive endovascular treatment by coiling, balloon assisted, stent assisted and flow diversion.

I am also interested in the following: Cerebral arteriovenous malformation workup and endovascular treatment. Intracranial dural sinus fistula, spinal fistula and malformation workup and treatment. Stroke risk workup, acute stroke intra-arterial thrombolysis and mechanical thrombectomy, carotid atherosclerotic stenosis stenting, intracranial atherosclerosis wall imaging and intracranial angioplasty - stenting. Epistaxis (nose bleed) embolization. Head and neck tumor embolization. Intracranial venous sinus stenosis workup and treatment, stunting for benign intracranial hypertension / pseudotumor cerebri. Intracranial venous sinus clot extraction for sinus thrombosis.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Linda Kelahan

I am an abdominal imager with research interests in radiology education, small bowel pathology, internal hernias, gynecologic imaging using CT and MRI, informatics, AI, and GI/GU fluoroscopy.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Daniel Kim

I am the Director of CV Imaging at the Center for Translational Imaging. My research focuses on development of rapid MRI acquisition and reconstruction methods to address unmet needs in cardiovascular medicine. Our lab focuses on breaking new grounds in cardiovascular MRI by developing innovative pulse sequences and reconstruction methods to address unmet clinical needs in cardiovascular medicine. Building upon active collaboration with radiology and cardiology colleagues, our research activities span from imaging technology development to clinical translation in cardiovascular medicine.

Currently, ongoing projects include:

  1. Role of diffuse LV fibrosis in patients with atrial fibrillation
  2. Real-time CMR for diagnosing CAD
  3. Rapid pediatric CMR without requiring contrast agent or anesthesia
  4. Advanced CMR assessment of left atrial hemodynamic disorders in atrial fibrillation
  5. Wideband CMR for predicting pre-implant right heart failure in LVAD candidates
  6. Wideband CMR for imaging patients with ICDs

For details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Dong-Hyun Kim

Image-guided medicine is rapidly growing to improve treatment regimens and advancing medical imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), radiography, ultrasound, positron emission tomography (PET), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). A combination of modern nanoplatforms with high performance in imaging and therapeutics may be critical to improve medical outcomes.

One of emerging fields is image-guided therapy using various nanoparticles. Therapies include basic bench, preclinical in vitro/in vivo and clinical researches combining synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticle and tracking/navigation tools to improve accuracy and outcomes of the therapeutics. Most of the emerging interventional technique such as heat-activated targeted drug delivery, image guided ablation (microwave or HIFU), percutaneous injection gene/bacteria therapy, transcatheter treatments for tumor specific local therapy, serial biopsy, thrombolytic therapy, and so on, can be combined with nanotechnology in clinic.

My research engages in careful design/selection/synthesis of multifunctional imaging/therapeutic nanomaterials with therapeutic agents will be critical for the translational optimization these new image guided medicine techniques. The DHKIM Lab for Biomaterials​ of Image Guided NanoMedicine has focused on developing various therapeutic/imaging carriers for the treatment of various cancers. Micro/Nanoparticles and their hybrid derivatives have been exploited as vectors for drug/therapeutic delivery and molecular imaging agents of MRI, CT, ultrasound and luminescent/fluorescents. We are working closely with clinicians, medical scientists, biologist and imaging professionals to translate new therapeutic approaches using multifunctional carriers and diagnostic imaging technique to the clinical setting.

Lab Manager: Xiaoke Huang

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Amber Leaver

The INMRI research group founded by Dr. Leaver at Northwestern conducts precision neuroimaging research to understand and improve electrical neuromodulation therapies. Our studies encompass several topics spanning mental health and depression, chronic idiopathic tinnitus, noninvasive electrical neuromodulation technologies, and best practices in applied connectomics. Details about my projects can be found on the Leaver Lab website.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Robert Lewandowski

I am primarily interested in loco-regional therapies to treat primary and secondary liver cancersm, I am involved in both pre-clinical and clinical studies along these lines. My most recent research involves utilizing image-guided Y-90 radioembolization in HCC resection. I am also very interested in the use of IVC filters in patients with venous thromboembolic disease.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Kai Lin

I have a broad background in quantitative cardiovascular imaging, with specific training and expertise in coronary artery MRI. My research is focusing of identify subclinical coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients suffering type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). In addition, I am also interested in evaluating regional myocardial changes in patients with various clinical or subclinical cardiovascular diseases. Recently, I am developing research projects for evaluating cardiovascular responses in treating cancers, immunological and neurodegenerative disorders, such as breast cancer, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD).​ For details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Benjamin Liu

My research focuses on brain tumors, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), advanced neuroimaging techniques, imaging contrast agents, imaging response criteria in neuro-oncology, spine imaging, neuroanatomy, head and neck radiology, brain and neurovascular disorders, and imaging of headache and back pain.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Michael Markl

I am currently the Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Radiology. I have established a strong interdisciplinary research consortium. My research has had a major impact on the diagnosis and management of heart disease and stroke including 1) development of novel imaging techniques for the assessment of cardiac structure, function and hemodynamics, and 2) discovery of mechanisms underlying cardiovascular diseases development and cryptogenic stroke (aortic hemodynamics as a mechanism in the development of BAV aortopathy; retrograde embolization from aortic plaques and left atrial flow dynamics in atrial fibrillation as risk factors for stroke). I am internationally recognized as the pioneer of 4D flow MRI and work in this area has advanced the understanding of cardiovascular disease processes as well as enhanced patient care. I have created a highly successful and inseminating training environment in MRI technique development and translational imaging research. For details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Frank Miller

I am the Chief of Body Imaging. have a variety of research interests with most relating to abdominal imaging (GI/GU) especially abdominal MR and CT. These include pancreaticobiliary, hepatic and genitourinary imaging and new evolving imaging techniques especially related to MR such as diffusion weighted imaging and MR elastography.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Samdeep Mouli

Dr. Mouli's lab uses imaging in the treatment of solid organ malignancies including primary and metastatic liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer. His interests include translational research focused on the application of novel minimally invasive image-guided therapies for cancer treatment, as well as the development of novel drug delivery systems.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Alexander Nemeth

I am the Section Chief for Neuroradiology and the Director of the Neuroradiology MRI. My research focuses on using MRI to conduct diffusion-weighted imaging of the brain.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Imran Omar

I am the Chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Nishant Parekh

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Todd Parrish

I have a strong expertise in image processing and neuroimaging with a special emphasis on MR based methods. My group and I have been successful in using advanced neuroimaging methods to demonstrate changes in BOLD, diffusion, perfusion, magnetization transfer and structural measures associated with function, memory and learning in the brain as well as movement, sensory, and pain in the spinal cord. I have a long history of methods development and application of neuroimaging methods to pathologic and clinical conditions. My current interests are developing novel methodologies to explore brain physiology to generate new imaging techniques to study the brain. These areas include neurovascular physiology, perfusion/permeability in tissue, multimodal imaging and image analysis, mechanisms of spinal cord structure and function, the use of infrared thermometry for intraoperative functional mapping in awake surgery, and application of machine learning to medical images. I have extensive experience conducting multi-center neuroimaging studies and understand the issues well.​ For details and images, visit the Parrish Neuroimaging Laboratory.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Daniele Procissi

My research projects focuses on preclinical Molecular Imaging using MRI, PET and CT.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Ann Ragin

My research projects include Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging strategies for in vivo measurement of the brain to investigate effects of aging and of viruses, particularly HIV infection. Brain network analysis to investigate effects of aging and for early detection of neural injury. Collaborative projects involve applications of 4D flow imaging to investigate alterations in cerebral blood flow and relation to brain status. For details and images, visit the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Sandra Rao

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Ahsun Riaz

My research and clinical interests focus on advancing the field of Interventional Radiology.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Eric Russell

I am the former Chair of the Department of Radiology. My research interests include Head and neck radiology, Interventional neuroradiology, Neuroradiology, Spine imaging / intervention, Vascular imaging.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Riad Salem

I am the Vice Chair for Image Guided Therapy, Department of Radiology and Chief of Vascular Interventional Radiology in the Department of Radiology. As a Professor of Radiology, Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Surgery (Organ Transplantation) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who specializes in interventional oncology, my research focuses considerably on international oncology. I have collaborated in many pre-clinical and clinical research projects and published regularly on preclinical studies including the PDAC mouse, rat, and VX2 pancreatic tumor model, ablation procedures, and MRI.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 David Schacht

My research focuses on ultrafast and abbreviated MRI methods for screening women with dense breast tissue.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Susanne Schnell

My current work focuses on intracranial 4D Flow MRI: The brain vasculature is a complex flow network with a large range of velocities and patient anatomy, and interest in quantitative brain imaging biomarkers is growing. 4D Flow is used in a variety of neurovascular applications to quantify the impact of disease on local hemodynamics and flow distributions throughout the whole brain. Running projects concentrate on healthy cohorts as well as intracranial arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and vein of galen aneurysmal malformation, intracranial aneurysm patients as well as intracranial atherosclerosis. For details and images, visit the Intracranial 4D Flow website and the Northwestern CVMRI Group page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Ali Shaibani

I am the Chief of Neurointerventional Radiology.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Yury Velichko

My scientific interests overlap in the areas of biomaterials, anticancer drug development, quantitative imaging and therapeutic response assessment. With a background in molecular physics and informatics, I strive to apply concepts from one field to questions in another. I am also the manager of the Quantitative Imaging Core Laboratory (QICL) at Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Lilian Wang

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Northwestern Scholars.

 Bo Yu

For further details and images, visit the Nano/Micro BIGMED Lab page.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

 Zhuoli Zhang

I am the Manager of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at the Northwestern Quantitative Imaging Core Lab in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. For the last 15 years, I have been actively involved in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cancer immunology, and with 12 years devoted specifically to the development and validation of MRI techniques for assessing of cancer therapies. I expanded my research to include MRI monitoring of immune therapies and evaluating therapy responses with quantitative MRI biomarkers.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

Publications

View my publications on Google Scholars.

Follow Radiology on