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Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research (CAI2R)

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The Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research (CAI2R) develops novel imaging technologies for the improved management of cancer, musculoskeletal disease, and neurological disease, employing a unique new model for interdepartmental and academic-industrial collaboration to translate those technologies rapidly into clinical practice. By exploiting connections between imaging modalities such as MRI and PET, we aim to advance the fundamental capabilities of each, so as to expand biomedical knowledge and improve the care of patients. CAI2R technology development aims at a new use of time in imaging, deploying leading-edge methods of rapid image acquisition and advanced image reconstruction to replace traditional complex and inefficient imaging protocols with simple, comprehensive, volumetric acquisitions that contain rich information about multiple complementary biophysical processes. CAI2R is driven by collaborations in which basic scientists, industry developers, radiologists, and clinicians with diverse other specialties sit down together regularly at the scanners and in reading rooms for interactive technology development and assessment. This interdisciplinary collaboration model also informs our training activities, many of which are addressed at the formation and operation of successful translational research teams. Meanwhile, not only through online sharing of state-of-the-art tools on our CAI2R website, but also through early involvement of clinical stakeholders and industry partners interested in bringing new methods into everyday use, we aim to make CAI2R technologies available to the broadest possible base of clinical and research users. Our overarching goal in CAI2R is to change the paradigms of data acquisition, image reconstruction, and day-to-day scanning in biomedical imaging, for the benefit of patients and the physicians who care for them.