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Major medical imaging project wins $1.4M grant

Published: July 26, 2011
David Koff
David Koff, associate professor and chair of the Department of Radiology

Innovation in medical imaging technology has made it possible to capture, store and transmit diagnostic images electronically. But what is still missing is a system that streamlines the flow of images more efficiently from the large storage units to the radiologist’s workstation and the health-care professional’s desk.

David Koff, associate professor and chair of the Department of Radiology, will receive $1.4 million from the province to lead a team to develop technologies that will accelerate how large data sets — diagnostic and medical images such as x-rays, ultrasounds and MRIs — are shared among health-care providers. 

The research will ensure that the images associated with a patient’s medical history are shared seamlessly and securely within the electronic health record system.

"Our goal is to build the tools that will allow us to retrieve these images efficiently," said Koff, who is also chief of diagnostic imaging at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). "This will improve the workflow for radiologists and enable faster and better service for our patients."

The collaborative project, based at the Medical Imaging Informatics Research Centre at McMaster (MIIRC@M), brings together radiologists at McMaster and HHS, the Information System Group in DeGroote School of Business and the School of Engineering Technology at Mohawk College. Private sector partners include Agfa Healthcare, NexJ Systems and AXON Medical Technologies Corporatio n.

Funding for two other McMaster projects was also announced today by Hamilton MPPs Ted McMeekin and Sophia Aggelonitis, Minister of Revenue and Minister Responsible for Seniors. The research grants are part of the Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence (ORF-RE) program.

Christopher Swartz, a professor of chemical engineering, received $1.01 million for a project on sustainable operation and design of complex and large-scale process systems. Herb Schellhorn, a professor of biology, received $2.8 million for the MacWater project which will develop and commercialize inexpensive, next-generation sensing systems to monitor water quality.

The total value of three ORF-RE projects — including the provincial funding, plus university and industry contributions — represents more than a $16-million research investment in McMaster University.

Today’s announcement also included recognition of the McMaster’s most recent Early Researcher Award (ERA) recipients: kinesiologist Gianni Parise, biologist Joanna Wilson and music cognition professor Michael Schutz. The ERA program helps promising, recently appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams.


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