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.
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.
We are also supporting projects for IMPALA: The International Multidisciplinary Programme to Address Lung Health and TB in Africa, and for ARCS: The African Research Collaboration on Sepsis. Both programmes include research on the usefulness of point of care (bedside) ultrasound.
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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