The Mayo Clinic CT Clinical Innovation Center is a 3,500-square-foot clinical research facility equipped with state-of-the-art computerized tomography (CT) technology, radiological phantoms and dosimetry devices, and advanced image processing and computing tools.
Within the center, Ph.D.-level CT physicists work with a multidisciplinary, multi-investigator team of physicians, scientists, research fellows and graduate students. This team works together to develop and evaluate new CT imaging technology and clinical applications, with a particular focus on quantitative applications of computerized tomography. The center has a demonstrated track record of extramural funding and successful collaborations with intra- and extramural research teams.
The dual-source CT scanner located in the center is used for translational research activities involving patients and clinical trial participants each morning and for basic research activities, such as scanning of test objects and specimens, each afternoon.
In addition to clinical support space for patient scanning, the CT Clinical Innovation Center has a conference room and library collection. A physics lab houses numerous phantoms, test objects and dosimetry devices.
Housed within a clinical environment, the center's research team interacts with every aspect of Mayo Clinic's CT clinical practice in order to develop, optimize and translate into practice innovative CT technologies.
Computerized tomography continues to be used primarily to detect and characterize abnormal anatomic structures. One of the main goals of the CT Clinical Innovation Center is to move clinical CT imaging beyond this paradigm by also measuring and quantitating physiological variables and processes. To help advance this goal, the CT Clinical Innovation Center engages in interdisciplinary collaboration among clinical investigators, research scientists and industry partners.