Seminar on "Hybrid Molecular Imaging"

25 May 2017

Boğaziçi-Physics/LifeSci Joint Seminar


Orhan Nalcıoğlu, PhD, FIEEE, FAAPM, FISMRM, İzmir Institute of Technology

25 May 2017 (Thursday); 15.30 (Coffee will be served at 15:00)

Feza Gürsey Seminar Room, Kare Bloc, Physics Department, Boğaziçi Üniversity North Campus

About the Seminar:

In contrast to anatomical imaging molecular imaging aims to acquire spatially resolved molecular information of organs or whole biological systems. Although most of the current imaging systems may provide such information many suffer either from lack of sensitivity, poor spatial resolution, or the maximum depth such information may be collected from. Examples of the first category in terms of low sensitivity include x-ray imaging, X-CT, MR and US. PET and SPECT while have great sensitivity their spatial resolution is not as good as X-CT or MR. Finally, while optical imaging techniques have high sensitivity they suffer from depth of penetration. These pros and cons of various imaging systems have led us to design hybrid molecular imaging systems that combine the advantages of two different systems. Today we will focus on MR based nuclear imaging systems. Specifically, we will present examples of hybrid MR-SPECT and MR-PET systems that have been developed at the University of California for breast cancer applications.

About the Speaker

Orhan Nalcioglu received the BS degree from Robert College, the MS degree from Case-Western Reserve University, and the Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, all in physics, in 1966, 1968 and 1970, respectively. His graduate training was in nuclear physics. In 1975 he entered the field of Medical Physics. He joined the faculty at the University of California-Irvine in 1977 where he has held the position of Professor of Radiological Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics until his retirement in 2011. From 1992 until his retirement in 2011 he has also served as the Founding Director of the Tu & Yuen Center for Functional Onco-Imaging. Currently, he is a Professor of Bioengineering at Izmir Advanced Institute of Technology and Professor Emeritus, University of California-Irvine. Furthermore he served as the elected Vice-president and President of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society in 1992 and 1993-95, respectively. He has served on many national and international committees in the field of medical imaging.

Dr. Nalcioglu has contributed over 700 peer-reviewed articles, books, book chapters, abstracts, and non-peer-reviewed publications and is holder of several patents on medical imaging devices. His current research interests are in nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, spectroscopy, optical imaging, SPECT, and PET with a specific interest in oncologic applications. He has made many seminal contributions in the development and application of medical imaging systems. He also has had a continuing interest in the application of radiation detectors for non-destructive testing.

In 1988, he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his scientific contributions to image science. In 1992, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) as a result of his technical contributions to the field of medical physics. Due to his scientific contributions to magnetic resonance imaging he was elected a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in 1998. In 2000, he was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal. In the same year he also received the Richard Shea Award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society for his pioneering contributions to the field of medical imaging. He was awarded the Athalie Clarke Achievement Award for Outstanding Research by the College of Medicine, UC - Irvine in 2001. He received the ATAA Outstanding Achievement in Sciences Award in 2002. He was invited by the Korean Government to serve as a World Class University Professor at Pusan National University between 2010 and 2013 to establish a small animal imaging center.