Body Imaging Research Group

Examples of body imaging scans, including multiparametric MRI in breast cancer, hyperpolarized MRI in kidney cancer, HR-pQCT of bone formation and resorption, clinician assessments of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and chronic liver disease, and PSMA PET/MRI in prostate cancer.


The Body Imaging Research Group is an umbrella organization of UCSF research labs that includes nearly 50 scientists, engineers, and clinicians who use MRI, CT, PET/SPECT, Ultrasound, and X-Ray to study abdominal and pelvic organs, the musculoskeletal system, and cancers in the body including world-leading research in breast and prostate cancer. We seek to improve our understanding of their fundamental and holistic role in health, with the goal of improving our ability to prevent and heal damage for healthier futures.

We specialize in the development, translation, and application of novel biomedical imaging methods to identify individualized treatment and reduced side effects for patients suffering from cancer, diabetes, kidney and liver conditions, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, chronic pain, and other diseases.

Body Imaging Research Directions

  • Musculoskeletal imaging and biomechanics​
  • Prostate cancer imaging
  • Breast cancer imaging​
  • Other cancers in the body
  • Image-guided treatment including using interventional devices, radiation therapy, focused ultrasound and theranostics

Body Imaging Research Areas and Labs

Musculoskeletal Directors
Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Imaging Lab (Souza Lab) Richard Souza, PhD, PT
Bone Quality Research Lab (Kazakia Lab) Galateia Kazakia, PhD
Musculoskeletal Research Group Sharmila Majumdar, PhD
Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Lab Matthew Bucknor, MD
Cancer Imaging Directors
Breast Imaging Research Group Nola Hylton, PhD
Translational Metabolic Imaging Lab (Sriram-Kurhanewicz-Peehl) Renuka Sriram, PhD
John Kurhanewicz, PhD
Donna Peehl, PhD
Program for Molecular Imaging and Targeted Therapy (Hope Lab) Thomas Hope, MD
Molecular Imaging Lab (Flavell Lab) Robert Flavell, MD, PhD
Evans Lab Michael Evans, PhD
Wilson Lab David Wilson, MD, PhD
Physics Research Laboratory Youngho Seo, PhD
Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Lab Matthew Bucknor, MD, MFA
Larson Lab Peder Larson, PhD
Vigneron Lab Daniel Vigneron, PhD
Translational Research Directors
Abdominal and Pelvic MRI Susan Noworolski, PhD
Contrast Material and CT Translational Research Lab Benjamin Yeh, MD
Evans Lab Michael Evans, PhD
Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center Daniel Vigneron, PhD
Interventional Radiology Research Lab Mark Wilson, MD
Isotopic Molecular Imaging Group (Wilson Lab)  David Wilson, MD, PhD
PET/SPECT Radiochemistry Henry Vanbrocklin, PhD
Physics Research Laboratory Youngho Seo, PhD

Members of the Body Imaging Research Group