Research: clinical & laboratory research essential to our mission


The Department of Radiology engages in numerous research studies involving basic science and clinical research in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Neurobiology, Microbiology, and Pharmacology. Clinical trials are vital to the development and implementation of new imaging techniques and therapies.

The Radiology Clinical Research Unit (CRU) provides the organizing structure for the conduct of any research within the department. The CRU is the operating and business unit responsible for the integrity, financial accountability, regulatory compliance, quality, and academic productivity of this research activity.

Radiology research studies may be initiated by:

  • The Department
  • Industry Sponsor
  • An ancillary part of research initiated by other Duke Departments without which the study outcomes could not be achieved.

Science Culture & Accountability Plan

The Department of Radiology is committed to ensuring that policies and procedures exist to encourage the highest professional conduct and to promote a culture in which scientific results are critically reviewed and accountability for data integrity is clearly delineated. In addition, Department policy allows concerns about data integrity to be raised without hesitation and provides mechanisms by which these concerns can be addressed fairly and expeditiously. More information is available in the Science Culture & Accountability Plan.