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From a vision to reality

In 1999, the National Cancer Institute identified medical imaging, and in particular cellular and molecular imaging, as a “special opportunity” in the fight against cancer. Based on the strong imaging program in the School of Medicine and the Case School of Engineering, faculty members Jeffrey Duerk, PhD, Jonathan Lewin, MD, and David Wilson, PhD, began discussing coordination of imaging equipment and research in an accessible center. They envisioned the creation of the Case Center for Imaging Research (CCIR), with a goal to always be doing what radiology and medical imaging would look like in the next five to 10 years.‌