Welcome to the Department of Medical Imaging web site!



Our imaging research is a collaborative venture involving both scientists (physicians, physiologists, computer scientists, engineers) and clinicians (radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and others) at five sites within London. The academic departments' major research interests are in the areas of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Three Dimensional (3D) imaging. We have the only computed rotational angiographic research system and only 7T whole-body imager in Canada, plus dedicated 1.5T and 3T MRI research facilities and dedicated laboratory computed tomography machines. We are recognized internationally in 3-D ultrasound (including establishment of a company to commercialize imaging instrumentation) , fMRI, 3-D angiography, and functional vascular imaging. Our unique Advanced Imaging Research Group is a nationally recognized imaging research group involving scientists, radiologists, and physicians from other disciplines, recently was awarded a Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Team Award of Excellence. We have been very successful in major collaborative projects funded through competition for government reinvestment initiatives at the national and provincial levels (Canadian Foundation for Innovation, National Centres of Excellence, and Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund).


For those interested in an eventual research career, up to six months can be spent in basic research with a well-defined project. A project and the time to be spent must be approved well in advance by the Residency Training Committee, so that Royal College approval can also be gained. Basic research facilities are available and funding may be available through the Radiology Department. Plenty of lead time must be given to any project to allow proper planning and completion of paperwork before the elective time occurs. The Research Co-Ordinator will advise you on various aspects of planning and conducting a project.

Residents are encouraged to present their research topic at the yearly Residents' Research Day (Lawson Research Day and London Imaging Discovery meetings).

Dr. Stephen Karlik (University Campus) is the Research Co-Ordinator for resident research projects. He will co-ordinate these projects and act as a resource person for problems. Individual projects will still be done under a faculty member's direction, but Dr. Karlik will offer guidance, assist with scheduling, assist with statistics and help in design and support for research.


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