Dante Capaldi represents Schulich Medicine & Dentistry at RSNA’s Annual Meeting

Dante Capaldi was amongst 60,000 other delegates as he represented Schulich Medicine & Dentistry at the 100th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Illinois this week.

The second-year PhD CAMPEP trainee in the Department of Medical Biophysics gave a presentation entitled Fourier-decomposition Pulmonary Magnetic Resonance Imaging Ventilation Defects in Ex-Smokers: Relationship to Emphysema and 3He Ventilation Defects. Capaldi’s presentation was shortlisted for the RSNA trainee prize.

Dr. Grace Parraga, Capaldi’s supervisor and Graduate Chair of the Department of Medical Biophysics, explained his research is focused on developing new ways to use conventional MRI and CT to measure lung function-ventilation and the effects of small airways disease and emphysema on lung function.

“Capaldi’s research is important because one in four hospital beds in Canada is occupied by a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who has undergone lung attack,” Dr. Parraga said. “Our most recent work shows that lung attack can be predicated using these imaging measurements of lung function.”

She added that if these measurements could be translated to clinical systems, there would be an immediate positive impact on patients and the health care system.

For more information about the RSNA Annual Meeting, please visit www.rsna.org/Annual_Meeting.aspx.