The Department of Radiology is committed to innovation as a long-term strategic priority. We encourage creativity and entrepreneurship, and we actively support commercialization efforts as a means of enhancing our impact. Innovation thus directly supports our departmental mission to design and apply technology that benefits patients and to cultivate leaders.


Rick Abramson, M.D.
Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Vice Chair for Innovation


Radx is the Department of Radiology's novel healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship incubator. Its mission is to foster and support the development and commercialization of creative healthcare technology solutions.

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Radx Innovation Challenge

The Radx Innovation Challenge invites participants to devise creative solutions for unmet needs in health care. Contestants are encouraged to form multi-disciplinary teams and are offered individualized coaching and mentoring. Teams compete in a live pitch event to win development funding. For program details, click here.

In the Spring 2017 RadX Innovation Challenge, the following winners were announced:

1) CrowdRad (Marty Jordanov, Isaac Osei, Jason Lerner) - A web/mobile app allowing radiologists to post challenging unknown cases and obtain independent answers from his/her peers around the world

2) Image Innovations (Bennett Landman, Allen Newton, John Gore, Taylor Davis, Steve Damon, Jasmine Greer) - A platform for translation of medical image processing tools into the clinical practice environment

3) RAD3D (Sumit Pruthi, Amy Whigham, Kelly Brown, Beth Malow, Althea Robinson, Allen Newton, Pennington Grubb, Raghu Upender, Hansen Bow) - 3D printing of customized CPAP masks for children with craniofacial abnormalities
Radalso congratulates the "Not an Emergency" team (Anne-Marie Danko, Lori Deitte, Geoff Wile, Amy Fleming, Jay Wellons, Christina Estrada, Bobby Otten, Clint Brown, Jennifer Head, Trelise Askew-Gibson, Annie Neu, Melissa Tomlin, Melinda Buntin), whose proposal for reducing Emergency Department volumes has been selected for sponsorship and funding by VUMC senior leadership.

In the News

Three teams take top prizes at inaugural innovation challenge

Bennett Landman leads team to prize in innovation challenge

VU School of Medicine ramps-up The RadX incubator with 17 entrants in Innovation Challenge

Rad X Innovation Challenge cohort of May 15, 2017

Abramson to lead new Department of Radiology innovation program

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