Our mission in the Department of Radiology at NYU Langone Medical Center is to transform the field of Radiology to improve the lives of people. Our research division serves that mission by developing, evaluating, and implementing the next generation of imaging techniques and technologies in order to detect disease earlier, guide more effective treatment, and in general help doctors tomorrow to see what is invisible today. In short, we aim to bring to bear the very best new technologies in order to improve the care of patients here in New York and throughout the world.

This mission requires that scientists and engineers be integrated with practicing radiologists and connected to clinicians in a wide range of specialties, in order to understand key unsolved problems and unmet clinical needs, and ultimately to implement solutions with a real impact for clinical medicine.

It also requires radiologists who appreciate how new technical developments can improve their day-to-day practice, and who take the time to work with developers in evaluating the efficacy of new approaches and determining key next steps.

It requires a collaborative environment in which new methods and devices can be evaluated rapidly to improve the care of actual patients.

And it requires coordination with industry to ensure that the best methods, after thorough comparison and evaluation, are adopted not only at our institution but on imaging systems worldwide.

In our department, we have taken pains to create an interdisciplinary environment in which basic scientists and engineers work alongside clinical radiologists and industry scientists in common offices all located under one roof at 660 First Avenue.  Our clinicians see the benefit of new technologies in their practice well before they are available elsewhere, and our scientists and engineers have the satisfaction of seeing their technological advances applied to solve current challenges in medical practice. Meanwhile, we maintain a network of collaborations connecting us to many of the clinical and basic science departments at NYULMC, as well as to a wide range of leading institutions around the world. 

Our Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research (CAI2R) lies at the nexus of our collaborative translational research network, bringing the scientists and engineers of our Bernard and Irene Schwartz Center for Biomedical Imaging (CBI) together with radiologists, members of other collaborating departments, and industry scientists as partners in the co-development, rapid evaluation, and robust dissemination of new imaging approaches.  Together, we continue to push the frontiers of MRI, PET, CT, Ultrasound, etc. in order to see what could not be seen before.