Mark Anastasio, professor of biomedical engineering and of electrical & systems engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has been appointed chair of the National Institutes of Health Biomedical Imaging Technology B Study Section (BMIT-B) for a two-year term beginning July 1.
The Biomedical Imaging Technology Study Sections review applications involving basic, applied, and pre-clinical aspects of the design and development of biomedical imaging system technologies, their components, software, and mathematical methods for studies from the cellular to human scale.
Anastasio, also professor and of radiology and of radiation oncology in the School of Medicine, is an internationally recognized expert on computational imaging science and the development of novel computed biomedical imaging systems. He is the founding director of Washington University’s recently established interdisciplinary Imaging Science doctoral program.
A faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Engineering & Applied Science has been awarded two separate grants worth a combined $2.5 million to develop better biomedical imaging tools.
Mark Anastasio, professor of biomedical engineering, will use a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a new X-ray technique that will assist engineers as they develop new bioengineered tissues.
“We are developing a new imaging technology based on phase-contrast X-ray imaging,” Anastasio said. “It will serve as an enabling technology for tissue engineering studies.”
A typical X-ray image forms as radiation that is absorbed by tissues and bones, providing doctors with a look inside the body. Anastasio’s new technology doesn’t rely entirely on the absorption of X-ray energy, it also exploits wave optic effects, measuring the X-ray’s refractions for a much more precise peek inside.
“In some cases, you can make the X-ray beam act like a wave,” Anastasio said. “In such cases, when it hits an interface between two tissues, it can actually bend by a very small angle; it can refract. If you can measure the angle by which these rays refract, you can form a more detailed image based on that information. It will let you see things that would normally be invisible to conventional X-ray imaging.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Mark A. Anastasio, Ph.D., Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Anastasio was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows For outstanding contributions to the development of emerging computed bio-imaging modalities.