The Department of Medical Imaging at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University is composed of 3 academic divisions: Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Imaging Sciences. Located in the bustling city of London, Ontario, (fondly named “The Forest City”), the sprawling campus is rich in both history and atmosphere. From the Beryl Ivey Garden, created to focus on protecting the environment, to the ivy-covered buildings around our campus (achieving the top honor in the national ‘Communities in Bloom’ competition – beating out Banff National Park), Medical Imaging at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is in a league of its own.
The Department provides Medical Imaging Services to the city of London, encompassing a population of over 360,000. London was ranked in 2011 as the #1 city for business investment (Forbes), and #2 (in the top 10) as the mid-sized city of the future (FDI Magazine). It has enjoyed $530 million dollars of foreign investment since 2010. Midway between the bustling city of Toronto and the border town of Windsor, and an hour’s drive from the pristine sandy beaches of Grand Bend, Port Stanley and the world renowned sunsets of Goderich, Ontario, London is bustling with exponential growth.
The Department of Medical Imaging at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is part of the Local Health Integration Network #2 (LHIN-2). Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are a fundamental component of the government’s plan to build a stronger health care system in Ontario. Passed in March 2006, the Local Health System Integration Act is intended to create a health care system that keeps people healthy, cares for them when they are sick and will be there for their children and grandchildren. The South West LHIN covers a large portion of south western Ontario from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula, an area of 21,639 square kilometers. This includes Bruce, Elgin, Grey, Huron, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford and Perth counties and is comprised of 962, 539 individuals in our catchment area.
The Department of Medical Imaging is known for offering outstanding education to its medical and graduate students, residents and fellows. With assistance from the Department’s Division of Imaging Sciences, the department trains Radiology and Nuclear Medicine residents as well as undergraduate students under the leadership of the Radiology Program, Nuclear Medicine Program, Fellowship Program, and Neuroradiology Program Directors. The graduate student program is coordinated by a Program Director of Graduate Studies in the Division of Imaging Sciences.
Quality in patient care is our ultimate goal. To that end, our affiliates provide an abundance of state-of-the-art resources from 7T MRI, volume CT, 3D ultrasound, PET/CT and SPECT/CT. The two hospitals of the London Health Sciences Centre (Victoria Hospital and University Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Care, Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and Robarts Research Institute) work in synch as teams provide city-wide resources for our community’s health, our academic goals, and our research achievements.
The six clusters of laboratories working in biomedical imaging are located at Lawson Health Research Institute, Robarts Research Institute, the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Western University, C-Star, and the Department of biomedical Engineering at Western University. The students working on these sites have academic standing well above the minimum 78% required for university-funded stipends resulting in approximately $4.6 million in additional institutional research support over five years. Approximately 30% of these students also hold competitive external awards (CIHR, NSERC, OGS, NCIC, and foundations). The program has attracted 51 excellent Post-doctoral fellows (PDFs)/Research Associates over the past five years. These investigators have access to world class imaging equipment and facilities dedicated to research. In many cases, our facilities are unique in Canada. Biomedical imaging research in London has many highly motivated leaders, who have established collaboration and lead local, national, and international research efforts.
One of the major reasons for the growth and success of biomedical imaging research in London has been the collegial and collaborative approach to research among biomedical imaging researchers. The Division of Imaging Sciences itself has more than 300 researchers of which some 100 are graduate students in Western University departments of Medical Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Neuroscience and Kinesiology. Currently, imaging research plays a key role in health care, drug discovery, cell biology and other life sciences research; there is increasing focus on translational and hybrid imaging research. The dynamic imaging research environment in London has accelerated total external funding to our imaging scientists in excess of $120M over the past 5 years.
Opportunity abounds. A robust Visiting Professor program, ongoing CME events, Journal Club get-togethers, an annual London Imaging Discovery event, and a program rich in diversity, resources and technology provides enhanced learning opportunities among the company of like-minded academics. Welcome to the Department of Medical Imaging, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University! We’re glad you could join us.
Dr. Andrea Lum, MD, FRCPC
Chair, Department of Medical Imaging
City-Wide Chief, Department of Radiology
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry