Medical imaging guides the course of much of patient care and is an essential element of biomedical research. From x-rays and ultrasound to computerized tomography (CT), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and positron emission tomography (PET), medical imaging helps clinicians diagnose, treat, and understand a range of diseases and conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative disorders.
The Federal government invests in medical imaging research and plays an important role in developing and deploying imaging technology that will help lengthen and improve the quality of American lives, open new areas of scientific discovery, and ensure the United States remain a global leader in medical innovation. The Interagency Working Group on Medical Imaging (IWGMI) coordinates these Federal investments and developed this roadmap for future medical imaging research and development (R&D) as required by the Senate committee report accompanying the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2015, S. Rep. No. 1 113-181, at 104-105 (2014).Read full Article