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Medical imaging technology has advanced over the years beyond the mere two-dimensional imaging of routine X-ray exams to the highly advanced three-dimensional and cross-sectional imaging currently performed. These technological advances can produce higher resolution images at increasingly faster speeds, greatly assisting in the diagnosis of medical conditions and providing more opportunities for minimally invasive treatments.

A trendsetter in medical imaging, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has played a leading role in developing innovative applications for patient care through biomedical imaging research. Our imaging program is continually focused on developing and applying imaging technology advancements for better detection, assessment and treatment of medical conditions and diseases.

The Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging is the research backbone of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Imaging Signature Program. Our ultra-high-field 7 Tesla MRI scanner is enabling cutting-edge imaging research for patients with cancer, neurological diseases and other medical disorders. The Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging is funded by a $9.1 million Third Frontier Grant and an $8 million Biomedical Research and Technology Transfer (BRTT) award, both from the state of Ohio.

Along with advancing MRI, PET and mobile imaging technologies while creating an extensive imaging and bioinformatics infrastructure within the state, the Wright Center supports other university biomedical research endeavors. Current projects are aimed at improving imaging methodologies for cardiovascular disease and at lung cancer prevention, detection and treatment. For example, Ohio State physicians are using a new 16-slice PET/CT to better understand how cancer grows and spreads, and how patients respond to individualized therapy.

Ohio State’s expertise in imaging is a major reason the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), a research consortium funded by the National Cancer Institute, chose Ohio State’s research program to coordinate its national repository of research on PET/CT. The CALGB designation highlights our initiative and leadership and imaging, while establishing Ohio State as a valuable resource for cancer investigators nationwide.

The Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State provides the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic imaging modalities. Our Imaging subspecialties include:

  • Interventional Radiology - percutaneous interventions using image guidance
  • Interventional Neuroradiology - provides life-saving treatment of ischemic stroke
  • IVP (intravenous pyelogram) - focuses on detection of tumors and abnormalities of the renal system, using injectable dye with series X-rays
  • Mammography
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology - focuses on bones and surrounding soft tissue
  • Neuroradiology - focuses on diagnosis of diseases of central nervous system, head and neck
  • Thoracic Radiology - focuses on structure of lungs and heart

Imaging Technologies available at Ohio State’s Medical Center:

  • Bone Densitometry
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
  • PET/CT
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound

Related links:

Patient Care Information


Ohio State Department of Radiology Web site 


Imaging Research at Ohio State


Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging