Disease epidemiology and management, as well as patient circumstances vary widely, depending on geographical location. An imaging test which is appropriate or accurate in one setting, may not be so in another. For many regions and specific diseases there is little or no robust evidence related to diagnostic imaging and there is a large scope for research in this area. For example, the UK Medical Research Council has to date not received a single funding application for diagnostic imaging research studies in LMIC (personal communication) and the specialty clearly lags behind others in this field.
Through existing links with UK research institutions, such as the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, we aim to increase opportunities for imaging research in LMIC. This will include impact assessments of projects and interventions supported by our own organisation.