Patient circumstances and their imaging and treatment options vary enormously across the world. Therefore, an imaging test which is considered useful in one setting, may not be at all useful in another. New technology, such as AI or portable equipment will have very different applications in different health care situations. There is very little evidence to support the effective use of imaging tests in resource limited settings and a real need and opportunity for more research in this area.
Through links with various UK and international institutions we support imaging research.
Liverpool & Malawi Collaboration
Through our links with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research programme, our volunteers have supported a number of research projects, including the use of CT scans to evaluate lung damage in patients who have had Tuberculosis, using ultrasound to investigate patients with liver cancer and testing mobile Chest X-rays and AI solutions for patients with possible Tuberculosis in the community.
Partner of the ARCS Network
We have been a partner in the African Research Collaboration on Sepsis (ARCS) network since 2018. The aim of this network is to improve the survival and quality of life of sepsis patients in Africa, researching and advocating for new and better ways to diagnose, treat and support patients with sepsis. Point of care ultrasound (also known as bedside ultrasound) is a test which could possibly be helpful in sepsis patients in Africa, but so far there is not enough evidence to support this claim.
We are working with other partners in the network on a “study of bedside ultrasound in emergency sepsis” to find out more. Our team of ultrasound experts from Uganda, the UK and Germany have taught the research clinicians in Malawi, Gabon and Uganda the knowledge and skills they need to perform the test and to collect the study data and they have been mentoring them ever since. As the study concludes in 2022 the team will have gained valuable insights into how bedside ultrasound might be useful, how the patients and staff experienced this new test and what it will mean for patient care and further research. The findings will be shared in scientific journals and at international sepsis conferences.
Worldwide Radiology volunteers also supported the PROSPECT study, in which computer aided diagnosis (CAD) was used in a community setting to detect tuberculosis on Chest X-rays. Our volunteers contributed to study design and the reporting of all X-rays.
Radiographer John taking an X-ray in Malawi for the PROSPECT Study
An example of the computer aided reporting software being tested
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