Members of the UAB Lung Imaging Core won the top award in the American Heart Association’s first ever COVID-19 data challenge. They explored county-level patterns in COVID-19 outbreaks and fatality associated with social determinants of health such as housing, education, economic factors and race. The research found that the socioeconomically deprived counties and counties with a high proportion of immigrant populations reported poor health and had higher prevalence of chronic diseases. This research could inform local health officials about the impending risk of COVID-19 at the county level. Led by Dr. Ramaraju Rudraraju, lung imaging lab members included Sandeep Bodduluri, Ph.D., Praneeth Reddy Amudala Puchakayala and Venkata Sthanam, M.S.
Quantification of the complex branching architecture of airways using Airway fractal dimension
Systematic study of Expiratory Central Airway Collapse (ECAC) in smokers