February 01, 2018

Federal Agencies Publish Imaging Research Roadmap

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) recently announced the public availability of the “Roadmap for Medical Imaging Research and Development,” a guide for future medical imaging research and development, developed by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group on Medical Imaging (IWGMI).

The roadmap provides policy direction to all federal agencies involved in medical imaging-specific research and development. It presents a snapshot of key federal R&D programs and offers recommendations to generate better value for patients, optimize health care outcomes and reduce costs.

The report modifies and consolidates recommendations included in a preliminary draft released by OSTP in late 2016. The roadmap’s four overarching recommendations are as follows:

1 - Standardize image acquisition and storage 
2 - Apply advanced computation and machine learning to medical imaging 
3 - Accelerate the development and translation of new, high-value imaging techniques 
4 - Promote best practices in medical imaging

OSTP advises the president and others within the executive office on scientific, engineering and technological aspects of the economy, homeland security, health, foreign relations, the environment, and the recovery and use of resources.

Representatives from more than 12 federal departments and agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), participate in IWGMI.