The Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBGI) aims to promote translational research to improve people’s health. Located in Girona area, in Catalonia (Spain), its activity aims to increase knowledge of numerous diseases to improve their diagnosis, treatment and prevention, while also improving people’s quality of life.
IDIBGI is dedicated to research in six areas of health, one of which is Medical Imaging. In this regard, the research institute is linked to the Catalan Institute of Diagnostic Imaging (Institut de Diagnòstic per la Imatge – IDI in Catalan), that provides medical imaging services at the Josep Trueta University Hospital and Santa Caterina Hospital in Girona. Both are pioneer centres in the utilization of Magnetic Resonance for the early diagnosis of prostate tumor.
The IDIBGI Medical Imaging Research Group is involved in the ProCAncer-I European project. The group research is focused in using advanced imaging techniques to develop associative or predictive imaging biomarkers that would make it possible to understand the clinical condition and course of disease. Researcher Dr. Kai (Joan Carles) Vilanova is leading IDIBGI’s participation in the project, which consists of collecting clinical and MRI data from prostate cancer, that will be key to train the Artificial Intelligence algorithm. The MRI and clinical data will be uploaded to the eCRF platform developed for the project, to be used for model development and validation. Another important part of IDIBGI participation will be the clinical evaluation of artificial intelligence models, checking the detection of cancer with high accuracy both in the peripheral and transition zone of the prostate.