Role of Imaging in the Era of Precision Medicine

Angela Giardino, Supriya Gupta, Emmi Olson, Karla Sepulveda, Leon Lenchik, Jana Ivanidze, Rebecca Rakow-Penner, Midhir J. Patel, Rathan M. Subramaniam, Dhakshinamoorthy Ganeshan

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Precision medicine is an emerging approach for treating medical disorders, which takes into account individual variability in genetic and environmental factors. Preventive or therapeutic interventions can then be directed to those who will benefit most from targeted interventions, thereby maximizing benefits and minimizing costs and complications. Precision medicine is gaining increasing recognition by clinicians, healthcare systems, pharmaceutical companies, patients, and the government. Imaging plays a critical role in precision medicine including screening, early diagnosis, guiding treatment, evaluating response to therapy, and assessing likelihood of disease recurrence. The Association of University Radiologists Radiology Research Alliance Precision Imaging Task Force convened to explore the current and future role of imaging in the era of precision medicine and summarized its finding in this article. We review the increasingly important role of imaging in various oncological and non-oncological disorders. We also highlight the challenges for radiology in the era of precision medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-649
Number of pages11
JournalAcademic Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017



  • imaging in oncology
  • Precision medicine
  • task force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Giardino, A., Gupta, S., Olson, E., Sepulveda, K., Lenchik, L., Ivanidze, J., Rakow-Penner, R., Patel, M. J., Subramaniam, R. M., & Ganeshan, D. (2017). Role of Imaging in the Era of Precision Medicine. Academic Radiology, 24(5), 639-649.