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Translational Research in Radiology: The Clinical Potential of Portable MRI

In This Video

  • "Translational research" refers to research that has clinically relevant findings
  • Because researchers and physicians often have very different perspectives on given problems, they need to work together to determine the optimal solutions to the problems
  • In this webinar, physicist and inventor Matthew Rosen, PhD, and physician-researcher Susie Huang, MD, PhD, discuss many of the finer points of translational research, using Dr. Rosen's work developing portable MRI technology as a reference point

Matthew Rosen, PhD, and Susie Huang, MD, PhD, both researchers in the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, discuss the possibilities—and a few of the challenges—of translational research in radiology, based on Dr. Rosen's development of portable MRI technologies and Dr. Huang's work as a board-certified neuroradiologist. Translational research in medicine refers to research with clinical relevance and applicability.


2:06 : What do we mean when we say 'clinical relevance'? What does it mean for portable MRI to be clinically relevant?

4:06 : What motivated development of the portable MRI technology?

8:28 : What is most rewarding about conducting translational research in radiology? What are some of the challenges?

11:28 : What happens when a radiologist says the images produced by a new technology aren't very good?

15:05 : How do you resolve the tension between researchers pushing the envelope and physicians who are conservative in their practice patterns?

21:15 : Challenges associated with moving MRI into spaces not traditionally associated with MRI

24:30 : How do you build lines of communication between developers of a technology and physicians who might use them?

28:55 : How do interactions with possible end users change as a technology makes the leap to commercial product?

30:18 : Low-field, portable MRI scanners will not outperform high-field scanners in traditional metrics - but they are not meant to

32:55 : Determining where your new technology will have the greatest impact

36:25 : "'Good enough' is a very powerful phrase"

38:56 : How do you develop healthy, productive and balanced relationships with practicing physicians?

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