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Dominic Cushnan has been nominated for the HETT Unexpected Individual Award for his incredible efforts to help the NHS overcome the pandemic by leading the team that developed a national COVID-19 chest imaging database called the NCCID.
Before the pandemic, access to good quality, large datasets was already an essential requirement for the development of imaging technologies, but little had been achieved. However, the pandemic created an emerging and serious need for chest scans, so healthcare specialists could better understand, triage and treat the virus.
Cushnan’s team developed processes that collected imaging data consisting of chest x-ray (CXR), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) images from COVID-19 hospital patients across the country.