This emphasis on individualized care or precision medicine is being demonstrated in countless ways in radiology and medical imaging departments across the country.
In an RSNA 2015 session, IHPI member Ella Kazerooni, discussed how some of the concepts of precision medicine can be applied in her area of thoracic radiology—specifically constructive obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
When she was a medical student, Dr. Kazerooni said COPD was classified as a basic condition. “There was emphysema, there was asthma and there was chronic bronchitis, and that’s all we knew about COPD,” Dr. Kazerooni said. “And we treated patients based on how they fit into these platforms.”
She and her colleagues at UM have developed a software tool for chest CT scans that allows physicians to better distinguish early-stage small airway disease (or pre-emphysema) from the more severe damage caused by emphysema.