American Family Children's Hospital

Scientific Goals

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


In addition, the IR Program is developing radiobiological- and molecularly-targeted approaches to improve cancer diagnosis and therapy.  We will accomplish these goals through three connected aims:

  • To develop and translate innovative imaging agents and technologies to improve cancer detection and treatment.
  • To identify molecular targets and develop technologies and radiobiological approaches that enhance response and improve the therapeutic ratio of radiation therapy.
  • To explore synergies between imaging and radiation sciences for more effective personalization of localized therapies.