Welcome to the Department of Medical Imaging at The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario. The Department provides medical imaging services to a population of 340,000 in London and tertiary services at London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital and Victoria Hospital, St. Josephs Health Centre, for a regional population of approximately 1.5 million. Faculty members also provide imaging services for other community hospital facilities within the Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN) 2. The Department of Medical Imaging has three academic divisions, namely Diagnostic Radiology, Imaging Sciences and Nuclear Medicine.
The department’s clinical, teaching and academic missions are supported by extensive resources that include London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care and imaging research programs at the Lawson Health Research Institute and Robarts Research Institute. The London hospitals, as the centre of Southwestern Ontario’s PACS facility, are filmless and there are now 14 networked hospitals within LHIN 2. The imaging departments and research institutes have the latest in imaging platforms including 3T MRI, volume CT, 3D ultrasound, PET/CT and SPECT/CT.
In addition to excellence in research and patient care, the Department of Medical Imaging is known for offering outstanding education for its medical and graduate students, residents and fellows. With assistance from the Department’s Division of Imaging Sciences, the department trains Radiology and Nuclear Medicine residents as well as undergraduate students under the leadership of the Radiology Program Director, Nuclear Medicine Director and Neuroradiology Program Director. The Graduate student program is coordinated by a Program Director of Graduate studies in the Division of Imaging Sciences.
The department consists of the following faculty positions, over 40 Radiologists, 10 Nuclear Medicine Specialists and 20 Medical Imaging Scientists primarily associated with the department plus extended faculty consisting of cross and adjunct appointees.
For the first time in the history of the department, we have formed a unique partnership with the Faculty of Education and have since 2007 developed Pedagogy Research in Medical Imaging. Collaborating with experienced professional educators informs and strengthens curriculum design and implementation, provides guidance and support to Faculty in the ‘art of teaching’, and advances educational scholarship in Medical imaging education. To further the education vision, a National Resource of Medical Imaging Education is in the evolution stage. Involvement efforts with Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) and involvement with the Education Committee will strengthen collaboration with clinical peers.
The Division of Imaging Sciences itself has more than 300 researchers of which some 100 are graduate students in UWO departments of Medical Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Neuroscience and Kinesiology. We offer national and international clinical fellowships in Neuroradiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Currently, imaging research plays a key role in health care, drug discovery, cell biology and other life sciences research and there is increasing focus on translational and hybrid imaging research. With imaging technology, PACS and the internet rapidly evolving, changes are leading to an inevitable alteration of the way we practice medical imaging in a clinical setting. The nature of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine as we know it has been profoundly transformed. These changes call for innovation in the training of Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine experts of tomorrow. The recent creation of the Centre of Biomedical Research and Innovation will enable scientists, researches and clinical faculty across The University of Western Ontario and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry a greater opportunity for university wide academic endeavours.
We take pride in our unique research achievements in MRI, in particular the 3-dimensional imaging. We are committed to innovative and creative programs that advance our knowledge and understanding as it applies to health care. Our annual London Imaging Discovery (LID) day provides a unique initiative that captures the interest and attention of students and researchers from diverse backgrounds across the University and showcases the scientific research achievements of the department. It is also an opportunity to recognize our faculty with awards as well as provide a departmental venue to celebrate promotions of our faculty initiated in 2009. In addition, the day will be combined with an initiative to combine an opportunity for the second meeting of The Society in Education in 2010.
Together, we are creating opportunities to expand medical imaging in many areas, including the integration of imaging modalities, the translation of functional imaging methods, the use of imaging to guide therapies and the development of a molecular and cellular imaging program from cells to humans.
It is very important for the department to continue to advocate our academic mission as faculty members of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry while ensuring that our clinical practices strive for best patient care and excellence during these challenging fiscal times.
Dr. Andrea Lum,
Chair, Department of Medical Imaging
Chair, Division of Radiology
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