GE Healthcare will invest more than $35.2 million in new diagnostic imaging research at the University of Wisconsin. One of the goals of the initiative is to enable physicians to be able to know if cancer treatment can work for a patient without going through an entire course of chemotherapy.

The vendor will invest up to $32.9 million in support under a 10-year agreement to build a state-of-the-art imaging research facility at the university’s Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research in Madison. The support includes cash funding, diagnostic imaging equipment and research personnel. Partners include the university radiology and medical physics departments.

Anticipated research programs include developing ultra-low computed tomography radiation dose imaging applications, linking hybrid modalities like MRI and PET to quantify and measure disease progression, new ways to early diagnose and monitor treatment of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and developing new cardiovascular imaging techniques for non-invasive diagnosis of heart and vascular disease.

The vendor will commit more than $3 million toward building the GE Healthcare Center for Advanced Computational Imaging at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The center will develop advanced-level coursework in software development and provide seed funding for research and collaborative projects related to imaging and signal processing for medical technologies, according to the organizations. The first program will be a graduate-level certification in computational imaging, starting in the fall of 2013.

The center also will create professional development curricula for GE Healthcare employees. The goal of the initiative is to expand the medical imaging talent pipeline in the state. The new projects continue a 30-year partnership between GE Healthcare and the University of Wisconsin.

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