Welcome to the homepage for the Mizzou Pulmonary Imaging Research Lab! Here you can learn about our research and become familiar with our goals, methods, and discoveries. The research interests of the group involve investigation of pulmonary structure-function relationships using various medical imaging modalities such as CT, proton MRI, and hyperpolarized noble gas MRI of the lung. These studies are imperative to understanding how lung architecture relates to pulmonary ventilation and gas-exchange, and are also necessary for furthering development of treatments for various pulmonary abnormalities such as asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, bronchiolitic obliterans, and others.

Imaging the Lungs with Hyperpolarized Gases

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October 18, 2019: JD Peiffer and Afia Shammi present their work as rapid fire abstracts at the International Workshop on Pulmonary Functional Imaging in New Orleans, LA. Congratulations to JD for winning best abstract!

February 28, 2019: Afia Shammi presents work from UVa and thePIRL at the UPenn Pulmonary Imaging Conference in Philadelphia

January 23-25, 2019: Dr Thomen presents the University of Missouri update in hyperpolarized gas MRI at the Clinical Trials Consortium Meeting in Miami, FL.

October 20, 2018: Colleagues from Cincinnati Children's will be presenting work on diffusion MRI at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Denver.

June 20, 2018: Congratulations to Dr Steve Van Doren for his recently funded Coulter project!

June 21, 2018: International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine poster presentation in Paris.

May 23, 2018: American Thoracic Society poster presentation in San Diego.

April 25, 2018: Congratulations to Shelly Koch on her 2018 Summer Research Fellowship Award!

January 19, 2018: Third Annual 129Xe Clinical Trials Consortium Meeting in Miami, Fl.