Duke’s Center for Virtual Imaging Trials Could Disrupt Clinical Trials by Dramatically Reducing Risk & Cost

Duke’s Center for Virtual Imaging Trials Could Disrupt Clinical Trials by Dramatically Reducing Risk & Cost

Duke University’s School of Medicine recently launched the Center for Virtual Imaging Trials (CVIT) thanks to a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Directed by Ehsan Samei, PhD, a professor in the departments of Radiology, Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, this center offers scientists and physicians tools to capitalize on digital models of patients to support the assessment of the effects of imaging technologies and applications in research. Now CVIT is based in the Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, located in the Department of Radiology, and employs bio-physical and machine learning processes, a form of artificial intelligence, to develop more precise virtual models of patients. A powerful potential breakthrough, the costs of drug development have skyrocketed with an average blockbuster drug costing at least $3 billion to develop. What if instead of real patients, which are expensive to care for, virtual patients can manifest as subjects for the benefit of scientists and physicians, affording them the ability to test how a range of imaging and therapies would impact such subjects based on their specific anatomy ...

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