Nathaniel Alpert, Ph.D.

Gordon Center for Medical Imaging, Mass General Research Institute
Associate Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
PhD Northeastern University 1970
brain mapping; cerebrovascular circulation; dopamine; imagination; positron-emission tomography; radiopharmaceuticals; tomography, emission-computed
Research interests include
  • Application of Image Processing to Radiography
  • Modeling of Physiological Processes
  • Cognitive Activation Studies using Positron Emission Tomography
  • Quantitative Imaging of Neurotransmitter and Receptor Systems

The Gordon Center for Medical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School is a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to improve patient care by developing and promoting new biomedical imaging technologies used in both diagnosis and therapy.

Our main activities include: researchtraining, and translation of innovative research into clinical applications. Investigators from the academic community, research laboratories and industry are welcome to use the Center's medical imaging equipment and clinical research facilities available through the PET Core.

Created in 2015 with an endowment from the Bernard and Sophia Gordon Foundation, the Gordon Center for Medical Imaging is a direct continuation of MGH’s Division of Radiological Sciences where the first positron-imaging device was invented. As early as the 1950’s, a series of important milestones were achieved at MGH, including the MGH-positron (2D) cameras, the filtered backprojection algorithm (Chesler) and multiple gated cardiac imaging (Alpert).
Today, the Gordon Center focuses on research, translation to clinical application and training of the next generation of scientists and engineers in medical imaging. These activities stress academic research sponsored by federal agencies and industrial collaborations. Predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows gain experience, mainly aimed toward fostering their academic careers, by participating in ongoing research, educational symposia and tutorials. In parallel, promising scientists and engineers, who are interested in combining entrepreneurship, engineering and academic research in support of the public good, can benefit from the Center’s support to translate their transformative research.
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