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Radiologist Experienced in Reporting of Tuberculosis on Paediatric Chest X-rays

Worldwide Radiology are looking to recruit expert radiologists as part of a research project to develop a paediatric chest x-ray dataset, which will be used to train and validate AI algorithms for computer aided diagnosis of TB in children.

Role: Expert Consultant

Location: Remote

Start Date: 1st May 2024

Contract Length: 10 months

Hours: 6hrs per week (maximum)

Working Pattern: Flexible

Remuneration: £6 per image reviewed (up to a maximum of £6,000)

Additional Benefits: Opportunity to work with Worldwide Radiology and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, including recognition in any published work arising from this project

 

Closing date for applications: 1st April 2024

Background

Children are overrepresented among TB deaths globally, due to major gaps in case detection and treatment. Chest x-ray (CXR) is an essential tool for increased and early detection of TB in adults. However, their use in paediatric patients remains challenging.  Trained paediatric radiologists are scarce, and diagnostic quality CXR images from children can be harder to capture and often difficult to interpret due to their readings being subtle or non-specific.

Computer aided diagnosis (CAD) of CXR has been successfully developed for adults, with algorithms offering high sensitivity for TB related abnormalities. However, due to a lack of availability of high diagnostic quality digital CXR images and a shortage of trained radiologists to interpret them, development of paediatric algorithms has been slow. As a result, the WHO currently only recommends CAD in individuals 15 years old and above.

The availability of paediatric CXR data with a ground truth of clinically or bacteriologically confirmed pulmonary TB is essential for training and validating AI algorithms. However, such datasets are limited, especially with accurate annotations and clinical correlations. 

Start4All is a UNITAID-funded study evaluating the optimal combination of diagnostic tests to increase the number of people with TB who are diagnosed and treated, and contribute towards ending TB globally. Start4All will recruit 1000 children from Vietnam and Cameroon, in whom CXRs will be obtained, alongside other diagnostic information. Using these images, Worldwide Radiology, in conjunction with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, will develop a high quality library of labeled paediatric CXRs, with the downstream application for CAD of TB. 

Role description

  • Read and annotate 1000 paediatric CXRS (approximately 100 per month) from children recruited into the Start4All study

  • Engage in regular training and quality assurance activities, as directed by Worldwide Radiology

Person specification

  • Specialist level radiologist with several years of evidenced experience in paediatric TB CXR reporting

  • Working or previously worked in a country considered by the WHO to have a high-burden of TB*

  • Proficient in the English language with a good level of computer literacy

 

*Angola, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China, Congo, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Additional requirements

 

  • Be able to provide proof of qualifications and medical license, as well as evidence of any required tax payments (or exemptions) in your country of residence, in relation to this work

  • Have access to a computer and internet connection to be able to view and read images and engage in online training and discussions 

  • Be available for several online training sessions between 29th April and 24th May (exact timing is negotiable)
     

How to apply

 

 

If you require any further information or have any questions relating to this role or your application, please email laura.chillag@worldwideradiology.org

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