Advanced Imaging Research Center
The Advanced Imaging Research Center brings to OHSU a world-class resource in medical diagnosis and scientific discovery. The AIRC is a recognized leader in magnetic resonance imaging, widely considered one of the greatest medical advances of the 20th century. MRI enables specialists to visualize the body’s tissues and organs without invasive surgery or potentially harmful x-rays. Its potential to accelerate the pace of discovery is enormous.
AIRC researchers are bringing the power of imaging science to bear on numerous multidisciplinary studies across OHSU, seeking new treatments and cures for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, stroke and chemical dependency. The AIRC is led by director Bill Rooney, Ph.D. Under his direction, the AIRC occupies state-of-the-art space in the Biomedical Research Building — including a high-field MRI laboratory named to recognize a generous $1.75 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation. Additional philanthropic support is needed to keep the AIRC’s instrumentation at the leading edge of science, to retain and recruit the world’s finest faculty of imaging specialists, and to support programs that will extend the capabilities of this powerful technology.