New cyclotron to help doctors detect cancers

A new cyclotron recently was installed at the East Building on the School of Medicine campus. The unit, in the works for more than a decade, is a particle accelerator that will produce radioactive compounds, many of which are used with positron emission tomography (PET) scanners to detect specific types of cancers.

Combination PET-MRI scanner expands imaging frontiers

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Kunkler, Focal Spot magazine editor, 64

Vicki Kunkler, director of publications and communications at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, of cancer. She was 64.

Early computer for biomedical research subject of exhibit

A piece of medical and computer history is at the center of a new exhibit at the Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine. The Laboratory INstrument Computer (LINC), regarded as one of the first personal computers, will be on display at the Medical School until August then move to the Danforth Campus.