Case Western nabs $1.7M in CT, PET grants

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The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded Case Western Reserve University two grants, totaling nearly $1.7 million, to investigate cardiac CT and PET mammography.

Cleveland-based Case Western Reserve University, in collaboration with Philips Healthcare and University Hospitals, was awarded $1,580,000 for its project, Cardiac Perfusion with CT. The project will expand the performance of an existing Philips CT scanner to determine cardiac function parameters to allow diagnosis using more widely available CT scanners than specialty imaging systems for cardiac diagnosis.

The three collaborators also earned a second grant of $999,649 for Positron Mammographic Imaging. The project will develop a system that will allow greatly enhanced resolution of PET to detect breast cancer.

Ohio Third Frontier Medical Imaging Program is designed to accelerate the development and growth of the medical imaging industry and its supply chain in Ohio by financial support to organizations seeking to investigate near-term specific commercial objectives with respect to products or processes. The program seeks to commercialize new products, adapt or modify existing devices or components in order to address issues including cost, resolution quality or image acquisition time; address technical and commercialization barriers; or demonstrate market readiness, according to the Columbus, Ohio-based Commission.