Imaging Research and the Potential for Collaboration Across Jurisdictions

JULS Volume 10, Issue 1

Aya Mahder Bashi1, John R. Harvey1, Alan R. Moodyand Pascal N. Tyrrell1

1 Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Corresponding Author: Pascal N. Tyrrell

Abstract

This study investigates the requirements for sharing medical imaging data with a third party for research purposes. It aims to do so by identifying the main ethical, privacy and confidentiality, security, and administrative guidelines that need to be adhered to in order to successfully create links between Medical image Network Enterprise (MiNE) data centers, both locally—within Toronto—and globally. MiNE is an e-infrastructure that aims at housing an electronic image based inventory to support and encourage the research community to use existing clinical image data efficiently. The jurisdiction investigated in this study was the Kingdom of Jordan. Radiology consultants in different hospitals, institutional review board (IRB) coordinators, as well as picture archiving and communication system (PACS) product line managers were interviewed. This qualitative project used both literature reviews as well as informal, semi-structured interviews of potential stakeholders in Jordan. A total of six stakeholders from Jordan were interviewed. Four hospitals expressed interest in establishing a link with MiNE for collaborative work. Interoperable PACS is in place in several hospitals in Jordan, which could be utilized in a research network. Ethical and security approval procedures in Jordan exist but are not as tightly regulated. Restricted resources at Jordan’s public sector medical centres would likely preclude active participation in research from radiologists at those centres and constitute the biggest hurdle. Collaborative research could be conducted, provided that the differences in regulations are understood, and compensated for where possible to ensure best possible outcomes from such links.