A $ 10 million grant will revolutionize melanoma detecting early with the installation of 15 3D whole body imaging machines across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
The University of Queensland Diamantina Foundation will be leading the establishment of the ACRF Australian Center for Excellence in Imaging and Melanoma Diagnosis.
Professor H. Peter Soyer, Director of the UQ Dermatology Research Center, said the center would combine innovative 3D imaging technology with a telemedicine network.
"Melanoma is Australia's national cancer with Australians experiencing 12 times the global causes – this is the most common cancer in Australia aged 15 to 40," says Professor Soyer.
"Early identification is the key to save lives and to achieve our vision of a world without melanoma."
The 3D imaging system takes a whole body image in millisegonds, improves the identification and tracking of well-being, significantly reducing appointment times and healthcare costs.
The Chief Executive of the Australian Cancer Research Institute, Professor Ian Brown, said the grant would promote the melanoma & country research capacity.
"The ACRF Australian Center of Excellence in Melanoma Imaging and Diagnosis is a first global approach to improving early discovery, addressing the national burden of melanoma," said Professor Brown.
"By providing the machines in capital and regional centers across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria with the potential to expand the Australian-wide network, linked to innovative telemedicine abilities, this project improves the ability to improve the detection of melanoma and life-saving. "
It is estimated that each of the 15 3D imaging machines will be able to provide 3,000 exams each year, leading to around 100,000 digital avatars within three years.
This large dataset will add to the ability of the center to inform other clinical studies, including calculating artificial intelligence algorithms to assist in clinical decision-making.
The center is a collaboration between the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney and Monash University, along with the partners of the state health and research system.
The grants were announced at a reception held by the Australian Commonwealth General Advisor, Her Majesty's General Hon. Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove at the Admiralty House in Sydney.
Film conversion of a 3D whole body imaging machine is available for media use.
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