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* Nabeel Ali ’12

Nabeel Ali ’12

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Ali ’12 Earns National Recognition for Medical Software

Nabeel Ali ’12 has combined his passion for medicine with his training in biomedical engineering to invent two types of cardiac imaging software with the potential to aid in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease.

The first, designed to recognize high-risk plaques, earned Ali one of only 25 Medical Student Research Grants for 2013 awarded nationally by the Radiological Society of North America. The technology is significant, says Ali, because coronary artery disease, caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries, is the number one killer worldwide.“

Radiologists can identify plaque while reviewing cardiac CT scans but it takes a carefully trained eye,” he said. “I’ve developed an image analysis algorithm that can immediately and automatically identify the high-risk plaque that may otherwise be asymptomatic. It has the potential to be better than the human eye.”

His other project gives values on how much blood a specific region of the heart is getting, an improvement over current imaging software that can detect whether or not the muscle has blood but not how much. This technology earned Ali the First Place Trainee Award from the Association of University Radiologists, and it has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Academic Radiology.

Ali, who has completed his first year of medical school at Albany Medical College, is taking a year off to serve as principal investigator at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
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