Funded Projects

Radiology Research Foundation Grant Awards 2010 – 2017

2017 Summer Studentships:

Quantification of hepatic, splenic, and pancreatic fat fraction and R2* by 3T MR
– a cross-sectional study
Clarke S, Gerson R
Matching funding:
$4,000.00 ($3,000 US$$)
– RSNA R&E Foundation Medical Student Grant

Examining intra-subject correlations of image quality metrics as a function of prospective
data compression

Beyea S, Mason A, Hall K
Matching funding:
$4,500.00 – NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award

Optimization of PET/MRI Artifact Correction   
Brewer K, Lazarev J
Matching Funding:
$4,500.00 – NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award

Using molecular imaging to evaluate a vaccine immunotherapy in an ovarian cancer
Brewer K, Gonzalez V
Matching Funding:
$2,500.00 – IWK Summer Studentship research program grant


2017 Leverage Grants:

Assessment of hepatic metabolism in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with Phosphorus-31 spectroscopy 

Clarke S, Bowen C, Costa A, Peltekian K
Matching application:
$50,000.00/yr for 3 yrs ($150,000  total) – NSHRF Establishment Grant

Evaluation of emerging methods for quantitative MR imaging of chronic pancreatitis
Rioux J, Clarke S, Costa A, Williams G
Matching application:
$25,000.00 – NSHA Research Fund
Intramural Grants:

Identification of prostate cancer for MR images using machine learning 
Clarke S, Patterson S

Implementation of “rapid” endovascular thrombectomy (EVT) for treatment of acute
ischemic stroke (AIS) – prospective evaluation
Shankar J, Sorhaindo V, Urquhart R, Phillips S, Gubitz G, Green L, Campbell S, Simpkin W
Matching funding:
$60,000.00NSHA TRIC grant



Matlab source code software tool to convert GE PET sinogram raw data format into Interfile
Mawko G, Sattarivand M, Shouldice E

Development of machine learning algorithms to analyze multi contrast MRI: applications
to prostate cancer, cholesteatoma and chronic liver disease
Clarke S, Lakner P

Detection of cartilage delamination using quantitative T1rho MRI
King JP, Mitchell M, Boyd G, Wong I, Abdolell M
Matching funding:
$4,725.00Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Tranverse venous sinus stenosis on Magnetic Resonance Imaging in patients with
idiopathic intracranial hypertension – a pilot study

Shankar J, Chan W, Green L, Maxner C, Mishra A, Purdy A
Matching funding:
$15,000.00 Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Fund
$14,895.00 Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Development of a radiation dosimetry framework for a radioembolic therapy for liver cancer

Mawko G, Syme A
Matching funding:
$10,000.00Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute


Creating a new algorithm for data-driven processing of resting-state fMRI networks
Beyea S, Bardouille T, Bowen C, Hashmi J, Omisade A

Noninvasive differentiation of non-alcoholic fatty liver from non-alcoholic steatohepatitis  with Gadoxetic acid-enhanced MRI: a prospective pilot study
Costa A, Clarke S, Peltekian K, Abdolell M, Bowen C

A feasibility study distinguishing benign from malignant polyps using high resolution
diffusion weighted 3T MRI

Duffy S, Clarke S, Crocker C, Arnason T, Hoogerboord M

Validation of a quantitative 3T MRI method for diagnosis of neurological disease
Rioux  J

Computed tomography perfusion in determination of brainstem death in patients
with severe head injury at the time of their first diagnostic imaging – a pilot study
Shankar J, Darvesh S, Green R, Slipp P, Erdogan M
Other funding:
$15,000.00 Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Foundation
$4,327.00 Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Referral patterns and route-to-diagnosis of lung cancer in Nova Scotia

Suhail A, Manos D, Bas B, Crocker C

Organ dose measurements and determination of effective dose for clinical CT
protocols using an anthropomorphic phantom

Tonkopi E, Manos D, Duffy S


Toward Personalized Breast Cancer Risk Assessment: Breast Density, Pathology and Clinical Risk Factors
Abdolell M, Iles S, Caines J, Lightfoot C, Rivers-Bowerman M, Barnes P, Payne J, Tsuruda K

Improving Patient Compliance to Non-invasive Language Mapping using Engaging Videos
Beyea S, Bardouille T, McNeely D, Stevens T, Murthy M

Accuracy of Bone Scan vs. PET Scan for Detection of Osseous Metastases: Clinical Experience at QEII
Burrell S, Walker D

Diffusion and Perfusion Weighted Imaging in Characterization of Brain Tumors
Shankar J, Hodgson L

Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the Investigation of Epilepsy: A Survey of Current Practice at
Referral Centres Across Canada
Schmidt M, Khan U

CT Perfusion Imaging to Predict Vasospasm in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Pilot Study
Shankar J, Pickett G


CT Perfusion in Prognostication of Patients in Coma Following Cardiac Arrest: A Pilot Study
Shankar J, Bata I

Assessment of Patient Radiation Dose from CT Examinations in Nova Scotia
Tonkopi E, Abdolell M

Are CT Requisitions Dangerously Misleading?
Manos D, Walker M

Does Diffusion Restriction Precede the Development of Enhancing Tumour in a Subset of Patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme?
Shankar J, Bata A

Early Detection of Lung Cancer – A Pan-Canadian Study    

Manos D, Johnston M, Xu Z


CT Perfusion in the Characterization and prognostication of Cerebral Glioma
Shankar J

Pilot Study: Assessment of Dual Energy KUB Radiographic Examination for the Detection of Renal Calculus
Yen P, Bailly G, Abdolell M, Pringle C


Implementation of a Patient Questionnaire to Optimize Recommendations for the Followup of CT Detected Pulmonary Nodules using the Fleischner Society’s Guidelines

Borgaonkar J, Manos D, Miller R

Quantitative Parameters for a Model of Whole Body Metabolic Tumour Burden in Patients with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma using PET/CT: Phase 2

Burrell S, MacDonald D, Abdolell M

Assessment of Halifax Produced FDG in the Evaluation of Focal Lung Pathology and Impact on Patient Management
Ross A, Mulroy L, Rajaraman M, Abdolell M

Fast, Artifact-free Whole-brain fMRI Using Balanced Steady State Free Precession Acquisitions
Bowen C, Patterson S


PET-CT Scan Use in Head and Neck cancer: The Halifax Experience
Ross A, Rajaraman S, Taylor M, Rajaraman M, Abdolell M

Development and Evaluation of an Online Modular Radiopharmacy Curriculum and Training Program
Clarke J, Abdolell M