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Competence with Conviction

Commitment to Science

The UNC Department of Radiology, aligned with the mission of the UNC School of Medicine, strives to improve the health and well-being of citizens of the State of North Carolina. We integrate the three pillars of the School of Medicine — education, research, and clinical care — with the leadership, excellence, and experience of the Department faculty. The Department aspires to be at the forefront of where basic science has an immediate impact on clinical care. We do this through research both in our radiological science teams as well as within our clinical divisions. 

Research Bar

2023 Radiology Departmental Research Symposium

October 12, 2023



Research is ongoing in many of our clinical divisions including Cardiothoracic Diseases, Pediatric Diseases, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Cardiac Imaging and Cardiac Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT Imaging, Neurological Diseases, Abdominal and Pelvic Genito-urinary CT and MRI, Ultrasound, Abdominal and Pelvic MRI, and Vascular Interventional Research/Minimally Invasive Interventional Procedures (MIIPs).

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Radiological sciences involve the use of specialized imaging equipment for medical diagnosis. Our facilities and researchers are committed to enhancing and expanding the collaborative capabilities of research at UNC-Chapel Hill. UNC Radiology faculty members lead a range of specific research areas including Imaging Informatics, MRI Research, Novel Radiochemistry, Breast Imaging Radiology Epidemiology Research Team, and Translational Imaging Research.

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Research Opportunities for Medical Students and Residents

Our Department welcomes student researchers! Research projects may be longitudinal or short-term and are available in most radiology subspecialties and radiology education. We have a long history of successful student publications and major meeting presentations. For more information check out the retrospective studies that students could potentially help with.

Research Opportunities


The Biomedical Research Imaging Center offers a wide range of services to the research community, including cutting edge imaging technologies, high end instrumentation, and technical support. Our facilities are committed to enhancing and expanding the collaborative capabilities of research at UNC-Chapel Hill.

BRIC Goals

The Biomedical Research Imaging Center was established under the recommendation of a Task Force convened by the Provost of UNC-Chapel Hill and the Dean of the School of Medicine. The Center was planned with dual missions: To serve the imaging needs of the researchers of the University, and to advance the rapidly developing science of biomedical imaging.

Increasing numbers of researchers in Schools and Colleges at UNC-Chapel Hill investigate biological processes in humans and animals in order to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases. Their efforts will be enhanced by new and expanded bio-imaging research capabilities. The UNC BRIC will focus on assisting these efforts.

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The Epidemiology Research Team currently focuses on two specific areas of screening research. They are the Carolina Mammography Registry and the North Carolina Lung Screening Registry.

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Partnering with breast imaging facilities across the state of North Carolina, the CMR collects and uses breast imaging and associated cancer follow-up data to improve the performance of mammography, understand factors affecting the detection of breast cancer, and provide feedback to radiologists.

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The North Carolina Lung Screening Registry was created to gather data about people undergoing lung cancer screening exams to help researchers and doctors better understand the characteristics of people being screened.

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Research by the Numbers

Research by the numbers