Radiology & Imaging Research and Innovation
Testing Site for GE Healthcare Imaging Technology
In the field of Radiology, new tools are developed and existing techniques are refined at a fast pace. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin have led the way in researching clinical uses of new imaging technology.
Because of a unique relationship with General Electric Healthcare, Froedtert & the Medical College enjoy using the latest technological advancements in imaging and are a Beta site for testing new, yet-to-be-released equipment, especially computerized tomography (CT) and nuclear medicine scanners. Froedtert & the Medical College have been GE Healthcare’s primary clinical test site for CT imaging equipment for more than 20 years.
This relationship began in 1977 with the first body CT scanner. Body CT imaging is the dominant imaging equipment used in our collaborative relationship with GE Healthcare.
GE Healthcare provides new clinical and research equipment available nowhere else in the world. Our partnership with GE allows us to provide leading-edge diagnostic and therapeutic tools, such as digital radiography, CT, MRI nuclear medicine PET/CT and CT. GE technology is used in many areas of Froedtert & the Medical College:
- In close collaboration with GE Healthcare, Neuro-imaging at Froedtert & the Medical College has developed the latest CT and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging technology available.
- Nuclear Medicine uses a GE Healthcare combined gamma camera/computed tomography scanner, the second of its kind in the world.
- The Maternal Fetal Care Center was one of the first to use four-dimensional (4-D) ultrasound from GE Healthcare. In addition to showing a fetus from all sides, 4-D ultrasound shows real-time movement of the fetus in the uterus. Froedtert & the Medical College were one of the first in Wisconsin to use 4-D ultrasound.
Froedtert & the Medical College studies of GE CT technology have set the standard for imaging protocols and clinical applications. These studies include:
- Evaluation of CT coronary arteriography (CT angiography)
- Non-cardiac CT angiography (carotid arteries/brain, thoracoabdominal aorta, abdominal visceral and extremity CT angiography)
- Multiphase examinations of abdominal organs, including liver and pancreas and kidneys
Teaching the Next Generation
Medical College of Wisconsin faculty in radiology, nuclear medicine and interventional radiology teach students and medical professionals about their specialty areas through a number of programs. Learn more about these programs through:
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin are renowned for conducting research in radiology, including research with basic and advanced MRI, CT, informatics and many other programs. All research trials are geared to improving the quality of patient care by offering tools that are less invasive and provide more detailed information to physicians. Major vendors, particularly GE Healthcare, provide new clinical and research equipment available nowhere else in the world.
Physics is the science of matter and energy and the interactions between the two. Medical physics uses the principles of physics in medicine, especially the physics of diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation oncology (for cancer treatment).
Medical physicists are an important part of diagnostic imaging. They oversee the technical foundation of imaging and are concerned with diagnostic procedures that use X-rays, gamma rays, ultrasound, radiofrequency radiation and magnetic sources (magnetic resonance imaging or MRI). Medical physicists establish and evaluate procedures related to equipment use, evaluate and monitor equipment, and consult with radiologists on the use of various imaging systems. They ensure that all new radiology equipment performs as designed and that the optimal level of radiation — the minimum amount needed for diagnosis — is used for each exam.
At Froedtert & the Medical College, medical physicists specialize in different types of imaging, such as MRI, CT, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and X-ray scans. In particular, they participate in quality control and review of all bone density studies, ensuring that imaging tests in the Bone Density Clinic are of the highest quality.