So this September I’m going to be starting a course in Radiography and pursuing a future in clinical research associated with respiratory disease (in the hope of sticking with Interstitial Lung Disease). I’ve already been scouting in my area to see what exciting things are happening as regards trials and research associated with Imaging and stumbled across some pretty tremendous things coming to light that could possibly revolutionise and alter the way we diagnose and effectively monitor lung disease, more specifically the impact of disease on lung capacity.
I almost cheered at this tag on their homepage as to why they are looking at new methods of monitoring lung function as I know all too well with how my Dad struggled with breath tests. Also, the FVC results impact on whether someone can be prescribed Nintedanib and Pirfenidone here in the UK so this could once again, revolutionise how many people are given the appropriate treatment.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: Traditional tests of lung function are insensitive in demonstrating disease progression. Our research looks at how novel MR imaging techniques may be used as microstructural and functional biomarkers of disease severity and progression.
Here is some more information on studies currently underway in pulmonary disease in Sheffield which is a city pretty close to me > http://www.lungsheffield.org/research/list-of-studies
So, what are your thoughts on imaging becoming more prominent in diagnosing and monitoring PF? And have any of you had MRI scans?