dollarsigns_blueSince partnering with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in 1991, Royal Philips recently announced that its commitment to donate more than $2.7 million through 2018 has resulted in the support of 111 grant recipients to-date awarded by the RSNA Research & Education Foundation. Through this partnership, Philips aims to elevate research innovation in radiology and advanced imaging solutions to transform digital health technology and help clinicians deliver the best patient care possible.

“Philips’ partnership with the RSNA Research & Education Foundation demonstrates our commitment to further research and development in radiology, and also our desire to transform care practice and impact patient outcomes,” said Homer Pien, Chief Technology Officer at Imaging Systems, for Philips. “We are particularly excited about driving new insights into cardiovascular disease and cancer research, as advanced imaging solutions can greatly impact these clinical areas.”

Through this partnership, educators and investigators are given an opportunity to pioneer research to gain further insight into scientific advances in radiology. The projects of previous grant recipients are helping advance many critical healthcare fields, including oncology and cardiology. Recent research includes contributions from:

  • Navneet Singh, M.D., resident, and Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine: At RSNA, Singh discussed the results of his research on identifying patients at risk for heart attacks and strokes during his oral presentation, “Clinical Risk-Prediction Models to Identify Patients with Carotid MR-IPH.” Singh’s research uses an advanced carotid magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique to provide more consistent and accurate diagnosis of patients at risk for cardiovascular events, providing an opportunity for earlier patient intervention.
  • Ashley M. Lee, M.D., Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: Lee’s research aims to safely and efficiently triage patients with acute chest pain in the emergency department with coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and myocardial CT perfusion with the goal of reducing hospitalization length of stay. Her report, “Value of Resting Myocardial CT Perfusion for Management of Patients with Acute Chest Pain and Intermediate Risk for Acute Coronary Syndrome,” will be finalized in June 2016.
  • Maciej A. Mazurowski, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology at Duke University Medical Center: Mazurowski’s research aims to improve radiology education for interpreting Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) images, with the intention of using predictive analytics to optimize DBT training by recognizing the strengths and weakness of individual trainees. The grant for his project, “Improved Education in Digital Breast Tomosynthesis using Machine Learning and Computer Vision Tools,” was awarded in 2014.
  • Samantha Delapena, medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California: Delapena’s research aims to determine whether noninvasive and real-time contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) can be used for tumor localization and assessment of responses to specific liver cancer treatments. Her project report, “Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound for Evaluating Antiangiogenic Treatment in Hepatocellular Carcinoma,” will be finalized in June 2016.

The 2015 Philips Healthcare/RSNA Grants for medical school students and residents, education scholars and current investigators were recently awarded to six recipients from across the nation to further the use of radiology in oncology, cognitive disorders and musculoskeletal conditions. The grant recipients’ proposed projects represent the transformative impact and potential of the radiologic sciences for healthcare innovation, including research to update imaging surveillance guidelines, improve early and consistent disease diagnosis, and enhance patient quality of life.

“The RSNA Research & Education Foundation is grateful to have Philips Healthcare as a vested partner in research endeavors for the advancement of radiologic science,” said Burton P. Drayer, M.D., chair of the RSNA Research & Education Board of Trustees. “We have a shared vision that radiology has a unique ability to influence and improve outcomes, yet its full potential is not often realized. Through these grants, we are providing recipients with the support they deserve to help propel innovative solutions in radiology and advanced imaging forward.”