American Family Children's Hospital

The Imaging and Radiation Sciences (IR) Program pursues basic, translational, and clinical research involving ionizing and non-ionizing radiation in the diagnosis, staging, and treatment of cancer. The IR program has a strongly integrated scope in three major areas: Imaging Sciences, Radiation Sciences, and Imaging/Therapy Synergies.


Program Leaders

Mark Ritter, MD, PhDRobert Jeraj, PhD


The overarching goal of the IR program is to integrate physical and biological sciences with clinical research and clinical practice by developing novel imaging agents, imaging and therapeutic technologies, and radiobiologically and molecularly targeted approaches to improve cancer diagnosis and therapy. These goals are accomplished in four specific aims:

  • Specific Aim 1: To develop and translate innovative imaging agents and technologies to improve cancer detection and treatment
  • Specific Aim 2: To identify molecular targets and develop technologies and radiobiological approaches that enhance response and improve the therapeutic ratio of radiation therapy
  • Specific Aim 3: To explore synergies between imaging and radiation sciences for more effective personalization of localized therapies
  • Specific Aim 4: To bring advanced molecular imaging to other institutions across the State of Wisconsin within the Wisconsin Oncology Network of Imaging eXcellence (WONIX).