The Joint Department of Medical Imaging (JDMI) is a multi-site medical imaging department that includes three separate healthcare organizations, Mount Sinai Hospital, University Health Network (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto Rehab Institute), and Women's College Hospital, and spans six individual hospital sites.
Why set up the centre?
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are disruptive technologies that involve the use of programmed algorithms analyzing complex datasets. Among the most promising and impactful clinical applications of AI is diagnostic imaging with greater attention being shown to establishing and fine-tuning its performance to facilitate clinical decision support in detection and quantification of a wide array of clinical conditions. Investigations leveraging computer-aided diagnostics have shown excellent accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity for the detection of small radiographic abnormalities, with the potential to improve public health.
In recent years, JDMI has seen a significant increase in AI and ML research being led by internal researchers and external collaborations with both industry and other institutions. The centre was established to support these research activities with the ultimate aim of streamlining the process to either getting these technologies commercialized or integrated within our ecosystem.