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Friday, 04 March 2016 18:35


Back again in sunny San Diego

SPIE Medical Imaging returned to San Diego this year, for six full days of technical talks, courses, workshops, and plenty of opportunity for networking at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center.

The event opened Saturday with strong early registration and an array of short courses covering topics from research basics to commercial applications and writing for medical publications. The number of papers is up about 5% this year over last.


Keynote: Curtis Langlotz on connecting images to the electronic medical records

Sunday morning saw the opening session for several conference tracks, and included the keynote presentation for the PACS and Imaging Informatics conference (9789) presented by Curtis Langlotz, Stanford University Medical Center.

Langlotz spoke on connecting images to the electronic medical record, noting that the likely future of th imaging report includes standardization of radiology report information, and the use of machine learning and natural language processing techniques to extract the semantic elements of the radiology report.


Student luncheon: meeting the experts

Students are an important sector in the SPIE Medical Imaging community. A well-attended luncheon on Sunday afternoon hosted by SPIE Student Services gave students the chance to meet informally with experts in the field willing to share their experience with the next generation of leaders, with a focus on career and professional development.


Keynote: Simon Cherry on changing the molecular imaging paradigm with total-body PET/CT

Simon Cherry

Simon Cherry, University of California Davis, provided the keynote Sunday afternoon for the conference on Physics of Medical Imaging (9783). He reviewed the state of the art in positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with an emphasis on current limitations and opportunities for increasing sensitivity and spatial resolution.

Cherry described the EXPLORER initiative, an effort he co-leads to develop the world's first total-body PET scanner offering the possibility of increased sensitivity and performance along with reduced dose. Faster scan speeds also will allow for new capabilities including kinetic information enabling tracking the delivery function for drugs in the human body.

Cherry said he anticipates that the new system will open up new areas of biomedical research and clinical applications.


Keynote: Hugo Aerts on radiomics

Hugo Aerts, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, spoke to a standing-room-only audience Monday morning on the subject of radiomics in medical imaging, in his keynote talk in the conference on Computer-Aided Diagnostics (9785).

Aerts covered the definition and history of radiomics to date, going into some detail on the workflow and challenges associated with image acquisition, reconstruction, storage, processing and standardization. He covered the more recent advances in the application of machine learning to radiomics and described ongoing work in his institute.

Above, from left, are conference chair Georgia Tourassi (Oak Ridge National Lab), Hugo Aerts, conference chair Samual Armato (University of Chicago), and program committee member and session chair Lubomir Hadjiiski (University of Michigan Health System.



Keynote: Brian Anthony on enhanced ultrasound

Brian Anthony

Brian Anthony, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gave a keynote talk Monday morning on enhanced ultrasound, ultrasound tomography for volume limb imaging and prosthetic fitting, in the conference on Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography (9790).

Anthony provided an overview of current techniques for measuring and fitting prosthetics then covered their work on ultrasound systems for imaging and quantifying limbs in 3-D in vivo. This work will impact the future design of prosthetic sockets helping ensure the interface to the human body is more comfortable and functional for the patient.

Anthony won an Emmy Award  in 2013[1] from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in broadcast technical innovation, for his work on software to control high-speed video cameras.


Awards and a tribute

Steven Horii Jerry Prince

Steven Horii, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, symposium chair along with Berkman Sahlner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, welcomed the audience who packed the auditorium the for the plenary session and awards celebration.

Horii expressed his appreciation to the conference committees on the success of the meeting this year, and introduced Jerry Prince who gave a tribute to Lee Rosen, who died in October 2015.

Rosen, a Scientific Review Officer at NIH for 26 years and head of the Biomedical Imaging Technology study sessions, was a strong advocate for funding for medical instruments and devices, working to make the grant review process as effective, efficient, and fair as possible.

Laurence Clarke and Maryellen Giger

SPIE Vice President Maryellen Giger, University of Chicago, presented Laurence Clarke, U.S. National Cancer Institute, with his SPIE Fellow plaque. Clarke is one of 33 new Fellows of the Society named this year.

Sahlner presented first-place and runner-up awards in the Robert F. Wagner Best Student Paper competition, and congratulated all 16 finalists who were selected from a field of 59 submissions.

First place was awarded to Sureerat Reaungamornrat, Johns Hopkins University, for "MIND Demons for MR-to-CT deformable image registration in image-guided spine surgery" (9786-16).

Runner-up was awarded to Justin Solomon, Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Labs, Duke University, for "Design, fabrication, and implementation of voxel-based 3D printed textured phantoms for task-based image quality assessment in CT" (9783-76).

Sureerat Reaungamornrat receives her award.
Justin Solomon receives his award.

Other finalists were:

  • Karl Berggren, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Philips Healthcare (9783-7)
  • Teodora Chitiboi, Fraunhofer MEVIS and Jacobs Universität Bremen (9784-3)
  • Andrew Lang, Johns Hopkins University (9784-32)
  • Nikolas Lessmann, University Medical Center Utrecht (9785-36)
  • Sarah Mattonen, Western University and Baines Imaging Research Lab, London Regional Cancer Program (9785-50)
  • Clément Baumgarten, INSERM and Université de Rennes 1 (9786-29)
  • Zoey Ang, University of Sydney (9787-15)
  • Wyke Huizinga, Erasmus MC (9788-17)
  • Dakai Jin, University of Iowa, (9788-41)
  • Ming Jian Su, Guangxi University (9789-23)
  • Houqiang Yu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (9790-28)
  • Roozbeh Shams, Concordia University (9790-50)
  • Patrick Leo, Case Western Reserve University 9791-25)
  • Harshita Sharma, Technische Universität Berlin (9791-31).

The awards are sponsored by SPIE and MIPS (Medical Image Perception Society), with contributions from the medical imaging community.

Finalists and winners of the 2016 Robert F. Wagner Award are congratulated by
symposium chairs Steven Horii (far left) and Berkman Sahlner (far right).


Plenary: Edward Jackson on evolution toward precision medicine

Plenary speaker Edward Jackson, professor and chair of the Department of Medical Physics and director of the Medical Physics Graduate Program at the University of Wisconsin Madison, spoke on the evolution of medical imaging, from qualitative to quantitative.

Jackson discussed the evolution of quantitative imaging biomarkers and the need for standardization of data acquisition, analysis, display techniques, and reporting structures.

The nature of the field is truly multidisciplinary, involving medical physics, radiology, statistics, and informatics, as well as close collaborations with system developers. Ultimately this will lead to noninvasive quantitative measurements that can be used effectively in clinical and translational research further the efficacy and goals of precision medicine.

Jackson discussed the opportunities and challenges and gave an overview of efforts underway to address the task of leveraging data from many different imaging techniques in order to provide the best outcome for the patient.

Jackson argued that precision medicine requires a transformation of medical imaging.

The multidisciplinary nature of this activity is evident at SPIE Medical Imaging where a special track on Precision Medicine highlighting 72 papers across all the conferences showcases innovative ways to leverage multidimensional and multidisciplinary technologies in research and translational applications.


Posters and more posters

Poster sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings provided an interactive look at new research from across the field -- and excellent opportunities for networking. Papers selected for best poster in each conference are announced during conference sessions.


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  1. ^ Emmy Award  in 2013 (ilp.mit.edu)

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