Department of radiology and Radiological Science

Dean M. Connor, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Radiology

Dean M. Connor, Jr., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Connor received his Ph.D.  and M.S. from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.  More recently, Dr. Connor completed a postdoctoral research fellowship through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Biomedical Research Imaging Center.  There he began his work to establish clinical applications of Diffraction Enhanced Imaging (DEI) through testing DEI's ability to distinguish between healthy and diseased lung.

Dr. Connor has spent his research career developing a new medical imaging technique called Diffraction Enhanced Imaging (DEI) which is a new type of x-ray imaging that excels at the low dose imaging of soft tissue (for example, cartilage imaging and mammography).

During Dr. Connor's time as a postdoctoral research fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratory's National Synchrotron Light Source, he developed a high resolution DEI computed tomography system using the bright x-ray source of the National Synchrotron Light Source.  He then demonstrated that the system could be used to image individual amyloid beta plaques in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease - something not possible with a conventional micro-CT system.  Dr. Connor also co-invented an x-ray tube-based DEI system.  The prototype he developed is helping to pave the way to a clinical DEI system.

The goal of Dr. Connor's research in MUSC's Department of Radiology and Radiological Science is to leverage his knowledge of diffraction enhanced imaging with the knowledge of MUSC's clinical research staff to find imaging scenarios for which DEI is best suited, and for which DEI can provide unique information, and thereby establish DEI as a clinical imaging modality.

Dr. Connor's Curriculum Vitae  (PDF Format)*

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Dr. Dean Connor

Dean M. Connor, Jr., Ph.D.

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