Imaging Technologies Lab
As technology has improved in recent years, an abundance of data has become available to clinicians—driving a need for tools that can extract the clinically relevant information, helping these clinicians to make a quick and accurate diagnosis. The Imaging Technologies lab is addressing this need, developing algorithms that help enhance the quality of medical images and provide information to help radiologists make more informed decisions for diagnosis or treatment.
For example, today a patient with persistent difficulty in breathing might get a CT scan of the lung, generating more than 500 images for the clinician to review. The clinician, who suspects chronic bronchitis, is interested in identifying the small airways in the lung that might be blocked causing the difficulty to breathe. This where our technology comes into play. With a single click, the clinician would be able to see the entire airway tree in 3D, select a suspicious airway branch and inspect it, all within a few seconds. The technology provides the clinician with a high-resolution 3D view of the branches, and also makes the review process automatic and simple.
These technologies are also being applied to industrial applications, enabling automatic inspections for materials, manufacturing and defects.