Interagency Working Group on Medical Imaging

The Interagency Working Group on Medical Imaging (IWGMI) is the result of the Academy’s calls for a federal Medical Imaging Research Initiative (MIRI). This working group will serve as a permanent home within the White House to better coordinate and accelerate imaging science across federal agencies (legislative language below).

The Co-Chairs of the IWGMI have been identified as NIBIB Director Roderic I. Pettigrew, PhD, MD, and NIST Director of Special Programs Office, Richard Cavanagh, PhD. The group’s first meeting was held on July 9, 2015, and agenda items included finalizing a draft charter, appointing principals from appropriate agencies to serve on the working group, and identifying a number of initial high-priority topics for discussion. The Academy also sent a letter to the working group Co-Chairs with three potential topics for consideration that would be both impactful and synergistic with other science and technology priorities for the Obama Administration.

Senate Report 113-181
Medical Imaging Research Initiative.— The Committee believes there is potential in the near future to accelerate revolutionary new imaging technology for medical professionals and researchers to combat disease and support high-skilled manufacturing jobs in the United States. Such advances will require inter-agency coordination of Federal medical imaging research and development initiatives to accelerate the transfer of new technologies into commercial products manufactured in the United States and strengthen innovative research programs. Since many Federal agencies have existing and complementary roles on medical imaging research, there is a strong need for a Federal strategy that will coordinate and accelerate such research. The Committee directs OSTP, in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health as the lead agency, to establish, through the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science, a Medical Imaging Subcommittee [MIS] to coordinate Federal investments in imaging research. The MIS should be required to develop a roadmap for the full scope of imaging research and development, including: basic STEM science and technology creation, medical and translational research, evidence generation, clinical implementation, workforce and training support, and export-oriented manufacturing incentives.