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Cardiovascular system, transplants and medical devices

The Campus has excellent knowledge of the cardiovascular system, transplants and medical devices in that area.

Oncology (including inflammation), cardiovascular diseases, and neural and neuromuscular diseases are the major themes of the CMI-Groningen research programme. Only through innovation we can improve the quality and contain the costs of future health care. Medical imaging will play a major role in this exercise. Next generation imaging technologies will enable the early diagnosis of, for example, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. This will lead to early interventions which delay or prevent the onset or spread of disease and mitigate its effects. New and more effective imaging tools and methods will also facilitate the transition from invasive to minimally-invasive to non-invasive diagnosis and therapy. Medical imaging addresses the main factors for the quality and costs of medical interventions: diagnostic accuracy, the need for (revision) surgery, side effects and recovery times.

Relevance for Healthy Ageing
The CMI-Groningen research programme will help to realize the vision that, by 2020, individuals with an elevated risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases can be identified at an early state. Patients are likely to be cured with less pain, lesser hospitalization duration and a shorter recovery period, which will allow for a quicker restart at work. The CMI-Groningen research programme will achieve this by:

  • First, developing systematic pathways for the appropriate application of new and existing medical imaging technology, including new and existing biomarkers, in optimal diagnostic algorithms (sets of rules and procedures to solve diagnostic problems);
  • Second, focusing on techniques with high predictive power to exclude rather than demonstrate diseases. Low cost, high sensitivity tests to exclude diseases are expected to become very impor­tant in reassuring patients, reducing medicalization and containing healthcare cost;
  • Third, developing a model of the diagnostic and minimally invasive treatment center of the future. Such a center will contain all procedures for primary diagnosis, starting from a clinical question and resulting in a final diagnosis – preferably within one day. A limited number of high-end university diagnostic centers can serve the entire population, while follow-up diagnostic care remains an intramural procedure;It is important to note that, although the CMI-Groningen research programme’s primary focus is on imaging-enabled diagnosis, its impact will extend far into therapy. Better imaging and more accurate navigation lead to smaller interventions posing a lesser burden on patients. They also produce better results, leading to fewer relapses.