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NSERC-USRA Opportunity - Quantitative Computed Tomography Imaging of Spatial Heterogeneity in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Computed tomography (CT) provides high resolution images of the underlying structural abnormalities in patients with lung disease. We hypothesize that the spatial distribution of structural abnormalities, not just the extent of disease, is related to clinically meaningful measures in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. We will use image processing and optimize methods to quantify various aspects of spatial heterogeneity, such as shape of disease regions, complexity in the distribution, and clustering of disease regions in the lung.

Research Group: Dr. Miranda Kirby

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