Healthcare providers recognise that advances in imaging equipment and improvements in the handling, analysis, and use of the data, are increasing the role of imaging in clinical practice. Our collaboration between academic, clinical and medical device companies aims to increase the effective integration of new products and services into the healthcare system.
The strength of expertise within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the University along with the significant market potential supports the high priority given to this area. Advances in imaging are expected to improve diagnosis, facilitate earlier intervention and improve patient outcome. However there are also significant benefits for the development of new medical devices and regenerative therapies through the use of imaging to allow earlier diagnosis of condition and the selection of treatment or surgical intervention
Developments in imaging capability provide companies and technology developers with valuable tools to qualify the safety and efficacy of new devices and therapies. We are achieving this by bringing closer together the teams and work of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU) with the Medical Technologies IKC’s device development capabilities.
The Medical Technologies IKC is supporting innovation in this area. The assessment of its opportunities has supported the development of a technology strategy for our work in imaging. This seeks to enhance both clinical diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The technologies’ developments are expected to assist medical device and therapeutic developments as well as continue to provide service to clinical and healthcare services. Encouraging clinical and commercial organisations to work more closely with us is the helping the work appreciate and address their needs more successfully.
Our proof of concept investment is supporting the development of research technology into commercially attractive products. This is also equipping the research teams with processes and materials to interpret the needs of these customers and their working environments and therefor appropriately adapt the technology to for successful adoption.