Paul F. Harron Jr. Lung Center

Thoracic Imaging: The Penn Difference

Penn Medicine is leading thoracic imaging beyond the limits of conventional medicine by offering patients more options to improve their lives. A multidisciplinary team, a commitment to improving technology and the latest treatments are the cornerstones of the program.

  • Thoracic radiologists hold weekly conferences with physicians from pulmonary medicine, oncology, surgery and pathology, as well as daily conferences with the intensive care units at Penn Medicine's hospitals.
  • Penn's Thoracic Imaging Center facilitates on-site consultations between chest radiologists, pulmonary physicians and thoracic surgeons, resulting in more accurate diagnoses and improved patient care.
  • Penn uses the most advanced technology available, including state-of-the-art scanners and multidimensional image display and analysis tools.
  • Penn's Thoracic Imaging Center provides services to hospitals and programs throughout Penn Medicine.

Thoracic imaging at Penn is a leader in developing and enhancing lung imaging technology to provide better diagnostic and treatment options for patients. Penn researchers are:

  • Constantly writing and updating software programs to improve the quality of chest images.
  • Advancing the use of hyperpolarized gas imaging that allows magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the inflow and outflow of gas from the lungs in real time. It is anticipated these images will be especially useful in the study of COPD and emphysema.
  • Creating a technique to study optical flow imaging that shows motion within the lungs. By assessing changes in the lungs over time, this technology can help radiologists identify and quantify regions of abnormal function and, subsequently, the progression of lung disease or level of improvement with treatment.