The Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) was created in September 2005 and is located in the Bill and Rita Clements Advanced Medical Imaging Building.
The AIRC is a collaboration between UT Southwestern Medical Center and other North Texas institutions to further research in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and translation of discoveries into clinical practice. The Center's research seeks to advance basic understanding, diagnostic techniques, and treatments for a wide range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, depression, autism, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), and diseases of the heart, lung, and liver.
The center's AIRC Facilities include:
- High-field MRI scanners for humans and small animals
- Small-animal positron emission tomography/computerized tomography (PET/CT) scanners
- Analytical nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy machines
- Chemistry laboratories for developing imaging agents
- Cyclotron facility for generating imaging isotopes (coming soon)
The AIRC faculty help train undergraduate and graduate students from UT Southwestern, UT Dallas, and UT Arlington, as well as international postdoctoral scientists. Training includes synthesis of new agents, investigating 13C and 2H tracers of metabolism in vivo, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and analysis, and in vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).
Read a list of our faculty patents.