Genomics and Imaging should join hands: Dr Vidur Mahajan

Genomics and Imaging should join hands: Dr Vidur Mahajan

The time has come for Genomics and Imaging, two completely diverse medical disciplines, to join hands because both have much to gain by learning from each other, according to Dr Vidur Mahajan, the head of research at the Delhi-based CARING (Centre for Advanced Research in Imaging, Neurosciences and Genomics). CARING is a sister concern of Mahajan Imaging which was founded by his father, Dr Harsh Mahajan, which makes Dr Vidur a second generation entrepreneur.

Explaining his concept, Dr Vidur told the delegates at the 9th NGBT (Nextgen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technology) Conference in Mumbai that while Genomics experts handled huge amounts of data with the help of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, etc, the radiology specialists were accustomed to looking at an image with thousands of pixels in a holistic fashion and coming to a rapid conclusion. There could be ways in which the community of radiologists could enable the genomic science specialists to come to a decision without actually processing all the data.

He said he looked forward to a new scientific discipline which could be known as Radiogenomics and that would truly be a leap into the future. He also urged the radiologists in the country to utilize the spare capacity on CT machines, MRI units, PET scanners, etc which remained largely idle during late nights, Sundays and public holidays to create a huge database of radiological information. This could then act as a reference point for future radiological analysis, he added.

The NGBT conference which was organized and hosted by the SciGenome Research Foundation (SGRF) concluded on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. The SciGenom Research Foundation (SGRF) is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting science in India through research and education. To inspire and promote the next generation of scientists, SGRF supports talented young students and researchers by providing fellowships, grants and travel awards.

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