Biomedical Imaging, Visualisation and Information Technologies

Information technologies and imaging techniques are the driving forces behind modern biomedical research and the delivery of high quality health care that is personalised, preventive and predictive medicine.

Our research focuses on the core enabling technologies and their novel clinical applications to bring significant improvements in health care. Two examples are given as follows.

Firstly, dementia is a major global health problem that is increasing as the population ages. Early diagnosis, when symptoms are mild, is critical in order to optimise the benefits of new treatments. Unfortunately, subtle brain function reductions are extremely difficult to detect even for the most experienced experts. Our research will develop computer-assisted diagnosis of early dementia, when treatment is possible, from combined functional and anatomical imaging modalities (PET-CT).

Secondly, cancer is a serious problem and 1 in 4 individuals will be affected by it in their lifetime. Our research aims to produce cancer disease maps in a novel way to extract important information from a very large biomedical image data repository. The outcome will vastly improve personalised diagnosis and treatment of these cancers and provide new information on how some cancers spread and resist our current treatments.

Breakthroughs in these core theories and enabling techniques will be a major step forward and result in improved patient care and health care infrastructure, including multimedia patient record systems, advanced computer assisted surgery and treatment, and telemedicine for realtime patient home care.