Department of Radiology Research

The Department of Radiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine is committed to maintaining the highest standards in research.

The department demonstrates this through our support of research initiatives, collaborating with other research programs focused on neuroscience, neuroimaging and image analysis.

Additionally, there is a strong tradition of research in both our radiology fellowship and residency programs. Fellows and residents are encouraged to participate in ongoing research as part of their training.

Radiology Research Programs

The department supports two innovative research programs that reflect our commitment to advancement in the field of radiology:

  • Radiology Informatics & Image Processing Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Complex Brain Networks

Radiology Informatics & Image Processing Laboratory (RIIPL)

The RIIPL lab is devoted to the application of novel image analysis methods (for example, diffeomorphic registration, machine learning, graph theory and ASL) to research studies, as well as to robust clinical translation of these techniques. These methods have been applied to various studies on the brain including:

  • Diabetes
  • Dyslexia
  • Caffeine
  • Aging
  • Music
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Brain tumors
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neonatal development

Learn more about the Radiology Informatics and Image Processing Laboratory.

Laboratory for Complex Brain Networks (LCBN)

The Laboratory for Complex Brain Networks (LCBN) is a Wake Forest Baptist Health neuroscience and neuroimaging research facility. The primary focus of the laboratory is the development of innovative ideas, methods and technologies for systematic understanding of emergence in dynamic complex systems such as the brain.

Learn more about the Laboratory for Complex Brain Networks.

Radiology Research Initiatives and Highlights

Many sections of the Department of Radiology provide opportunities for ongoing research activities including case studies, descriptive studies and laboratory studies. Some current highlights include:

  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • 3D printing of anatomy from CT and MRI scans
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
  • Virtual simulation lab

Radiology Facilities and Technology Highlights

The Department of Radiology provides clinical and research services along with state-of-the art radiologic equipment across the health system that includes:

  • Remote-control fluoroscopes for uroradiology and gastrointestinal examinations
  • Special procedures rooms for neuroradiology, visceral arteriography, digital subtraction angiography, ultrasound, and interventional
  • Digital chest units
  • A radiography and fluoroscopy room for myelography
  • Several general radiography rooms, mobile units, and mobile fluoroscopes
  • 1.5T scaner dedicated to cardiovascular and inpatient imaging for cardiovascular work
  • Multislice CT scanners, including two with 64-slice configurations and one for interventional procedures equipped with CT fluoroscopy
  • Skull unit
  • 64 slice multidetector CT scanner
  • Panorex
  • Ultrasound Units
Additional capabilities and resources include: