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Functional Imaging Research Program (FIRP)

The Functional Imaging Research Program (FIRP), a joint facility of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, allows researchers to make full use of two powerful imaging modalities, positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The physical proximity of these facilities encourages collaboration by bringing investigators and imaging specialists together in an atmosphere of open communication. One of the program's main goals is to facilitate combined modality imaging, in which complementary information from PET and MR images is combined in a single functional image. This program is directed by faculty members from the School of Medicine.

  • Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC)
    Room B804
    UPMC Presbyterian
    200 Lothrop Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    412-647-9700 (phone)
    412-647-9800 (fax)
    http://www.mrctr.upmc.edu/
    The MRRC is dedicated to the development and application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) for medical and biological research and is forging new paths in the use of functional MRI to study cognitive, sensory, and motor function in the brain. The MRRC currently operates state-of-the-art 1.5T and 3.0T MRI scanners. The MRRC is also scheduled to begin operation of a powerful 7.0T whole-body MRI scanner in the spring of 2005. This scanner will be the most powerful whole-body scanner in the state of Pennsylvania and one of a small group of such instruments that are currently being installed at leading research institutions throughout the US, Japan and Europe.
  • The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Facility
    PUH B-938
    200 Lothrop Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    412-647-0736 (phone)
    412-647-0700 (fax)
    http://www.pet.upmc.edu
    The PET Facility supports a variety of research efforts in collaboration with faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, Radiology, Medicine, and Anesthesiology and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. It is noteworthy that researchers at this facility developed a prototype combined PET/CT scanner, and demonstrated this technology as the most powerful imaging tool available for localizing, evaluating and therapeutically monitoring head and neck cancer. The combined PET/CT scanner, known commercially as the Biograph, was FDA approved in 2001 as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for cancer treatment.