Dr. Evans spent a week in Shanghai and Hangzhou, PR China. This trip was sponsored by Inteleos and allowed Dr. Evans to tour the Hangzhou College of Medicine and School of Medical Imaging. Dr. Evans was able to lecture at the Summit on Medical Education and also spend time meeting with his research collaborators, Dr. Chengzhong Peng and Dr. Yang Liu. In the picture provided, Drs. Peng, Evans, and Liu are working on the cardiac simulator in the Simulation Center in the Hangzhou School of Medical Imaging.
Drs. Lavender, Sommerich, Sanders, and Evans are starting an exciting, new funded project with the following objectives:
Explore future communication scenarios within the hospital patient room
- Focusing on the med/surg room and the ICU room.
- Exploring communicators (patients, healthcare staff and family members) and all the communication mechanisms needed.
- Describe potential applications for new communication technologies not currently in use in patient rooms as well as the use of current technologies.
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Screening asymptomatic patients with hand-held ultrasound to assess their risk of a cardiovascular event.
This pilot project will have funding for two years and allow us to further understand the potential for screening 40-60 year old patients in an outpatient setting, at risk for cardiovascular disease. Our team is Drs. Evans and Funderburg, MS students Austin Brady and Jessica Daley, and UG honors student Isaiah Bloom. Cardiovascular takes place at the top of the list for leading causes of death in the United States. Beyond this, 40-60 year old adults are the most at risk group for cardiovascular disease, and are the most likely candidates to not have a correct risk assessment. Through this impactful research project, we aim to provide a novel way to evaluate this risk, and help in the prevention of cardiovascular disease events.
Assessing Cortical Thickness in Human Tibiae With Sonography vs Computed Tomography: A Pilot Study
Sundus H. Mohammad, BS, RDMS, RVT
ABSTRACT: Osteoporosis is a public health problem worldwide that decreases bone strength and increases the risk for fractures. Cortical thickness of long bones has gained attention because of its contributions to the resistance of bone fracture. What is currently lacking is a nonionizing imaging modality that assesses cortical bones with a sensitivity equal to that of computed tomography (CT). Tibiae were utilized to compare cortical thickness measurements recorded with diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) and CT. Four percentage sites (4%, 38%, 50%, 66%) were identified along the tibiae, and cortical measurements were taken from 3 views (anterior, medial, lateral). Medial views at all sites except 38% had DMS full measurements that were not significantly different than those collected with CT. The 4% sites in all views yielded the most cortical thickness measurements that were not significantly different from those of CT. These promising results at DMS full 4% sites open the possibility of translating this methodology to bones that have thin cortices and high risks of fragility fractures, such as the radius.
Mission: This research laboratory has a mission to provide graduate and honors students with unique tools that will advance their careers, in the science of medical imaging.
Vision: The staff has a vision that their collective research will use collaboration and innovation to positively impact the areas of prevention, simulation, and image analysis.
Goal: Our lab team aspires to reduce the risk of disease and injury with non-ionizing radiation imaging. We also want to promote educational research.