Awards, Honors, and Grants

January 20, 2023

Khurana Awarded $3.2M NIH Grant to Develop Clinical Tool for Identifying Signs of Intimate Partner Violence on Imaging

Bharti Khurana, MD

Bharti Khurana, MD, of the Department of Radiology, was awarded a four-year, $3.2 million grant, jointly funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) as well as the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for her project “Making the Invisible Visible: An Automated Clinical Decision Support Tool for Intimate Partner Violence Risk and Severity Prediction (AIRS).”

With this R01 funding, Khurana seeks to develop an automated clinical support tool that will allow radiologists to easily identify patients who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) using historical radiological and clinical data. A similar approach is used to diagnose nonaccidental trauma in children through established patterns of abuse on imaging studies, but a lack of evidence-based research on IPV-related imaging patterns has led to under-recognition and underdiagnosis of IPV.

Khurana is an emergency radiologist and the founding director of the Trauma Imaging Research and Innovation Center. More broadly, her clinical and research efforts involve accurate and meaningful imaging interpretation with rapid application of clinical knowledge for emergency department patients, orthopaedic and spine trauma, intimate partner violence, geriatric trauma, frailty, whole-body CT for trauma, MRI optimization, machine learning tools, education and career-building in emergency radiology.

The NIBIB, one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the NIH, seeks to engineer the future of health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The NIH is the nation's medical research agency, supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.