The Future of Medical Imaging: Transforming Health Care
The National Institutes of Health took part in a panel discussion on the impact of medical imaging at a forum sponsored by the National Electrical Manufacturer's Association at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on January 31st.
Schmalfeldt: The National Institutes of Health took part in a panel discussion on the impact of medical imaging at a forum sponsored by the National Electrical Manufacturer's Association at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on January 31st. NIH Director Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni discussed NIH's role in the unveiling of new advances in imaging.
Zerhouni: We're going to go from what I call a "curative paradigm" of the 20th Century, where because of the lack of tools, the lack of understanding, we really waited for patients to lose function, for them to come to us — to what I call the "Three P's" of medicine in the future which would be it has to be predictive, it has to be personalized, and it has to be pre-emptive. And imaging has to play its role there.
Schmalfeldt: The New England Journal of Medicine selected medical imaging as one of the 11 most important innovations of the past one thousand years. Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, discussed medical imaging's impact on health care.
Pettigrew: When one looks at the top advances in medicine over the last 25 years, we find among the top 15 or so advances techniques many of which involve imaging. And indeed the top advance is that of imaging using magnetic resonance and computerized tomography.
Schmalfeldt: In their remarks, both Dr. Zerhouni and Dr. Pettigrew highlighted how medical imaging is extending human vision into the very nature of disease, enabling a new and more powerful generation of diagnosis and intervention. From the National Institutes of Health, I'm Bill Schmalfeldt in Bethesda, Maryland.
About This Audio Report
Reporter: Bill Schmalfeldt
Sound Bite: Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew
Topic: Medical Technology