Groundbreaking research in advanced imaging supports the fight against cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke and benefits patients throughout NorthShore University HealthSystem. 

Robert R. Edelman, MD, is internationally recognized for pioneering contributions in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. His research team was among the first to demonstrate the clinical feasibility of coronary artery imaging with MR angiography. Using noninvasive techniques, physicians can now detect a potential stroke and stop it before it kills or incapacitates. 

Dr. Edelman, who holds the William B. Graham Chair of Radiology, and his team have attracted millions in total federal, foundation and industry-sponsored grants. Collaborators include fellowship-trained radiologists, biomedical engineering faculty, physician-scientists, and physicists, engineers and computer scientists from industry.

Together, they have access to some of the most advanced imaging technology in the region -- in fact, researchers from other institutions across the Midwest come to use the Research Institute's imaging facilities. NorthShore University HealthSystem has research-dedicated MR facilities separate from the equipment used for patient care.

Among the topics being studied are novel cardiac therapies, better management of gene therapy patients, three-dimensional brain maps for improved surgical planning, whole-body imaging and enhanced tools for diagnosing and treating conditions in utero.

The projects being done include the use of magnetic resonance imaging in the development of more accurate and efficient methods for non-contrast angiographic imaging of blood vessels; early detection and tracking of the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease; non-invasive methods to detect, follow and guide treatment of chronic renal disease; studying atheroscleroctic lesions to estimate risk of stroke and to guide appropriate therapies for stroke patients; earlier detection and improved characterization of breast cancer; functional imaging of the brain to improve our understanding of the mind-brain connection and to help guide treatment of patients with brain tumors; and imaging of cartilage and sports injuries to provide a better understanding of disease progression and to guide the development of arthritis therapies.

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