The data an MRI machine pulls carries potential far beyond the images it provides for physicians.
In fact, Case Western Reserve University Professor Anant Madabhushi is confident that, with the development and application of image analytics, information can be extracted from the MRI, which could then be used to enhance diagnoses, identify the level of risk and predict appropriate treatment more effectively. These analytic tools could help avoid unnecessary, painful and expensive surgery and aggressive treatments for patients who may not need or benefit from them.
Madabhushi, a professor of biomedical engineering, joined two other Cleveland scientists at the 2017 Medical Imaging Technology Showcase on March 28 in Washington DC to explain how imaging analytics could yield such impressive results. While in the nation’s capital, the group also delivered an important message to elected officials: Federal research funding is critical to sustaining such life-saving advances—which, beyond their fundamental human importance, also can significantly lower health-care spending.
Meeting with Congressman David Joyce of Ohio's 14th congressional district
[left to right] Matthew Reilly, Phillips Healthcare; Congressman David Joyce of Ohio's 14th congressional district; Anant Madabhushi, Case Western Reserve University; Oliver Steinbach, Philips Healthcare; Robert Gilkeson, University Hospitals
Meeting with Staffer from Senator Portman's office
[left to right] Oliver Steinbach, Philips Healthcare; Anant Madabhushi, Case Western Reserve University; Lisa Schlager, FORCE; Robert Gilkeson, University Hospitals