BIR/Siemens Healthineers award presented at UKRC

2016 winner20 June 2016

Dr Luke Dixon of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust was the recipient of the BIR/Siemens Healthineers Research Award which was presented at UKRC by Peter Harrison, Managing Director of Siemens Healthineers GB&I.

The award of £1,000 provides pump-priming funding to provide support to researchers in the fields of radiology, radiotherapy, oncology, radiography or medical physics. This enables researchers to develop proposals with the aim of attracting further funding from external sources.

Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a progressive, life-threatening disease. Currently, individuals with suspected CTEPH are investigated with a series of imaging techniques including CT, MRI and ventilation perfusion scintigraphy. Each technique provides different morphological and functional data for the diagnosis but, unfortunately, the diagnosis remains difficult.

This study will evaluate a new MRI technique called oxygen-enhanced MRI (OE-MRI) in the context of suspected CTEPH. The findings could help validate a new safe, non-ionising radiation technique for assessing patients with PH and in turn contribute to new standards for investigating PH.

Peter Harrison said “We are delighted to be able to support the development of research proposals through this bursary and we wish Dr Dixon every success with the project”.

 Image: (left to right) Dr Luke Dixon, Peter Harrison, Managing Director Siemens Healthineers and Jacqueline Fowler, Chief Executive, BIR.


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