Radiological Science Research

Research Overview

The radiological sciences area is focused on the development of basic science and engineering techniques that utilize ionizing radiation for radiation detection for homeland security and nuclear safeguards as well as biomedical research and healthcare. Within this area, we develop various gamma-ray, x-ray and neutron detectors and imaging detectors, and novel algorithms for analyzing the data from these systems. These algorithms range from the use of so-called "big data" techniques applied to large sensor networks to advanced radiological imaging methods and image processing techniques for biomedical research. We work with physicists, biologist, chemists, material scientists, statisticians, and physicians around the world, to develop advanced diagnostic imaging and radiation-induced therapeutic approaches to address some of the most critical healthcare-related issues, such as cancer, cardiac diseases, diabetes and neural degenerative disorders. We also work with organizations like the Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security and the International Atomic Energy Agency to deploy our research around the world to detect and identify the illicit movement of nuclear and radiological materials.

Radiological Science Faculty

 

Subtopics in this Area

  • X-ray and gamma ray imaging detectors
  • Instrumentation for emission tomography (PET and SPECT)
  • Emerging X-ray imaging techniques
  • Nanomaterial-mediated radiation therapy
  • Image processing and statistical performance assessment
  • Big data analytics for radiation sensor networks
  • Novel isotope identification algorithms
  • Next generation thermal neutron detectors
  • Handheld biodiagnostic device for healthcare and the environment