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The Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) supports the research and clinical efforts of HCI and the University of Utah.

The Center began with the purchase of a GE Advance Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner and later with the building of a cyclotron facility. The cyclotron is a machine used to manufacture very short-lived radioactive tracers that can be used as imaging agents for Positron Emission Tomography (PET). PET has become one of the most accurate imaging techniques to detect, characterize, and stage various types of cancers as well as assess patients with dementia.

In 2007, funding was secured and additional space created for researchers to conduct work with radioactive tracers. A dedicated PET imaging research facility now houses the GE Advance PET and a new Discovery ST PET/CT scanners. The Molecular Imaging Program focuses on state-of-the-art PET imaging and MR spectroscopy.

In 2004 Kathryn Morton, MD, joined the Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging as a professor of radiology (nuclear medicine). In the summer of 2005, John Hoffman, MD, joined as director of the Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging. Under his direction, the Center has experienced rapid expansion and growth.

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Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging Director
John M. Hoffman, MD


HCI Senior Director Oversight
Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD

Faculty Advisory Committee Chair
David Goldgar, PhD

Faculty Advisory Committee Members
Lisa Aspinwall, PhD
Saundra Buys, MD
Matthew Firpo, PhD
Kimberly Kaphingst, PhD
Deborah Neklason, PhD
Erin Rothwell, MS, PhD
Joshua Schiffman, MD
Theresa Werner, MD