The division conduct research in the frontier area of technology and medicine, focusing on technical development of new methods and improvement of methods for diagnostics, monitoring and treatment in health care. We also work with computer-assisted methods to process image data from medical imaging.
Our research concerns medical imaging systems with several projects in ultrasound imaging, x-ray imaging (radiography, CT) and nuclear imaging (gamma camera, SPECT and PET). The close contact with health services - through collaboration with Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm County Council and Karolinska Institute - means that each research project is based on a clinically relevant question and the development of technical solutions is integrated with the health system
Our goal is that the scientific results of our projects will benefit the patients in terms of improved, earlier and less invasive diagnostic procedures, which in turn results in saving lives, improved quality of life and a more cost effective healthcare.
Medical imaging methods like radiography (X-rays), Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and ultrasound are used in clinical routine and medical research to make diagnoses and to evaluate the effect of treatment given to the patient. The division works on developing new ways to make this analysis more accurate and reliable by using computers.
One important goal is to develop new measurement methods for vascular disease, osteoporosis, tumours and dementia (quantitative image analysis). Another goal is to present images in an optimal way to physicians making a diagnosis or planning treatment (visualization).