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A team of radiologists and radiographers at Oxford University Hospitals and University of Oxford's Department of Oncology has secured a grant to customise a teaching platform to educate frontline NHS staff to diagnose COVID-19 using chest X-rays and CT scans.

Chest x-ray from taken by radiographers at Oxford University Hospitals

Dr Sarim Ather, a Specialist Registrar in Clinical Radiology, has been working alongside Professor Fergus Gleeson (Department of Oncology), Dr Rachel Benamore, Dr Andrew Murchinson and Julie-Ann Moreland to develop the Report and Image Quality Control (RAIQC) training platform. This interactive web-based platform hosts a large database of diagnostic quality images and other educational materials that allow clinical staff to assess in real time their medical image reporting skills.

Now they have won funding from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer to develop additional material for the platform, to help frontline clinicians to recognise COVID-19 on patients' chest X-rays and CT scans, as well as other life-threatening conditions with which the COVID-19 images can be confused.

The Oxford-based Interactive Pharma Solutions, who have been carrying out the technical development of the RAIQC platform, provided pro-bono support to help create the COVID-19 module.

Read the full story on the Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) website

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