Diagnostic Imaging Team

diagnostic imaging team

The physician staff of the department of diagnostic imaging includes sixty-six board-certified diagnostic radiologists, each fellowship trained, and subspecialty board certified in nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, neuroradiology, women’s imaging, and pediatric radiology. Thirty-five members of the department are currently participating actively in the research program. Areas of particular expertise include Nuclear and PET imaging evaluating movement and cognitive disorders, vascular and interventional radiology including non-surgical ablative therapy (radiofrequency and microwave thermal ablation and cryoablation), MR imaging (including cardiac and perfusion MR imaging), women’s imaging (including MR imaging of the breast and ablative techniques to treat small breast cancers), computed tomography (including cardiac and peripheral vascular applications), sonography, diagnostic radiology, and pediatric radiology. Our investigators have successfully conducted trials in all imaging areas.

Diagnostic Imaging Research Team

Director, Imaging Research
Susan Foley, RT(R)(CV), CCRP
Research Technologist

Susan Foley began her work as a research associate in 2003 managing the Digital Mammography Screening Trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI ) and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN). She enrolled 642 patients in less than 8 months and followed them to the completion of the trial. She has also coordinated trials investigating various thrombolytic agents, renal and carotid artery stenting, percutaneous ablation techniques, blood biomarkers in Breast and Lung cancers as well as, neuro and oncologic imaging. She received her credentials as a clinical research professional from the Society of Clinical Research Associates in 2008. She can be reached via e-mail at smfoley@lifespan.org.

Liz Morrell, RT(R), CCRP
Research Technologist

Liz Morrell joined our staff in 2002 to establish and manage the largest lung cancer screening trial to ever to be undertaken. Eight hundred twenty-six participants from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York were enrolled into the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN). Now that the work on NLST is completed, she has taken on other projects that include radiofrequency ablation and proteomic analysis after thermal ablation, blood biomarkers in Breast and Lung cancer as well as MR imaging of the brain. She also has a thorough working knowledge of database construction and management using the Microsoft Access and RedCap programs. She received her credentials as a clinical research professional from the Society of Clinical Research Associates in 2008. Liz Morrell can be reached via e-mail at emorrell@lifespan.org.

Wendy Smith, BS, RT(R)(CV), CCRP
Quality Assurance and Research Coordinator

Wendy Smith is a quality assurance and research coordinator. She has worked in the Division of Imaging Research since its inception and has experience in the preparation and execution of laboratory and clinical research. Shas been responsible for the many aspects of clinical research including protocol development, IRB submission and regulatory process, budget preparation, patient recruitment, protocol compliance, and patient retention. She received her credentials as a clinical research professional from the Society of Clinical Research Associates in 1996 and is a member of the Committee on the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) for Lifespan. She can be reached via e-mail at wsmith@lifespan.org.

Computer Vision and Image Analysis

 

 

Derek L. Merck, PhD

Scott Collins, RTRCT

 

Molecular Imaging Research

 

William KC Park, PhD

Michael Primmer, Research Assistant