Dr. Talissa Altes is professor and chair of radiology at the University of Missouri. She is a practicing pediatric radiologist with a research interest in lung imaging. For over 15 years, Dr. Altes has been an active researcher in the field of hyperpolarized gas MRI. She pioneered the application of this technique to a variety of lung diseases including asthma, cystic fibrosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (also known as chronic lung disease of prematurity). Together with the University of Virginia MRI physicist collaborators, her lab pioneered a number of hyperpolarized gas imaging techniques including diffusion weighted imaging and direct dissolved phase imaging. Dr. Altes has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, foundations and industry. She has over 90 publications and has given over 90 invited talks.

Education & Training

Medical School

University of Washington


Diagnostic Radiology

  • University of Virginia School of Medicine


Diagnostic Radiology

  • University of Virginia School of Medicine


Pediatric Radiology

  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Radiology, Body Imaging

  • University of Virginia


American Board of Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology
American Board of Radiology/Pediatric Radiology

Commercial Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member or a member of his or her immediate family has a working relationship, such as providing consulting, research, or educational services, with the companies listed below. These relationships have been reported to the University of Missouri and, if appropriate, plans have been established to address potential conflicts. The following relationships were reported as of July 2020.

  • Phillips Healthcare, Inc
  • Xemed, LLC
  • Polarean
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals


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Academic Information

Radiology Chair
Professor of Clinical Radiology
Gwilym S. and Maria Antonia Lodwick Distinguished Professorship in Radiology

Research Profile

For children with cystic fibrosis (CF), the lungs are compromised early in the disease by abnormal mucus production. Unable to expel the thick mucus, children with CF frequently suffer bouts of pneumonia. The chronic and progressive disease leads to a significantly shortened life. Although there is no cure, drug therapies offer hope for patients suffering from CF.

But testing the effectiveness of these drug therapies has been problematic in young children. Altes, who chairs the Department of Radiology at the MU School of Medicine, has found that using hyperbolized gas in MRI monitoring, enables the drugs to be tested much more accurately. Altes, who has been a pioneer in the field of using contrast hyperpolarized gas in MRIs, was inducted as a fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Through her work, pediatric lung disease and defects can be assessed at a much earlier age.

Altes lectures widely and has published more than 80 articles and book chapters. She reviews grants for the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Research Interests

  • Pediatric imaging

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric imaging

Awards & Honors

  • 1999: Executive Council Award II for a paper by a member-in-training at the American Roentgen Ray Society, $1000
  • 1999: Merit Award from the University of Virginia, Department of Biomedical Engineering for Accomplished Research, $1000
  • 2000: ISMRM, Young Investigators' Award, W.S. Moore Award in Clinical Science, $1500
  • 2001: RSNA Fellows Research Trainee Prize $1000
  • 2003: Nominated for Clinical Service Award Department of Radiology University of Virginia
  • 2009: Nominated for Clinical Service Award Department of Radiology University of Virginia
  • 2011: Received Clinical Service Award Department of Radiology University of Virginia
  • 2014: Received Teaching Award Department of Radiology University of Virginia


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