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SPIE Medical Imaging 2016 in 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. Workshops and demonstrations held throughout the week provided for highly interactive discussion (photo at right).

CAD workshopMedical Imaging is the internationally recognized forum covering advancements in wide array of medical imaging disciplines ranging from computer aided diagnosis to image processing to digital pathology.  Conferences topics covered the spectrum from research advancing fundamental underlying principles to the translation and adoption of new technologies in clinical application.

New this year was a special track on Precision Medicine, a multidisciplinary field that aligns with several conferences at Medical Imaging, and is the focus of a White House initiative. In addition to presentations, a panel discussion on "CAD Grand Challenges: paving the way for imaging in the era of precision medicine" helped focus on the topic.

 

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

Curtis Langlotz
Curtis Langlotz

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 and experts, SPIE Medical Imaging

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

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

Computer-Aided Diagnostics conference keynote

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.

CAD keynote audience 

 

Keynote: Brian Anthony on enhanced ultrasound

Brian Anthony
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 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 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.

 

New Fellow

Laurence Clarke and Maryellen Giger
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.

 

Robert F. Wagner Best Student Paper

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 from Berkman Sahlner
Sureerat Reaungamornrat receives her award.
Justin Solomon receives his award from Berkman Sahlner
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.

2016 Robert F. Wagner Award finalists, winners, and presenters
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

Edward Jackson plenary talk

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 Monday afternoon 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.

 

Keynote: Allan Johnson on image processing pipelines

Allan Johnson
Allan Johnson

Allan Johnson, Charles E. Putman Professor of Radiology, Physics, and Biomedical Engineering at the Duke Center for In Vivo Microscopy, gave the keynote talk Tuesday morning for the conference on Image Processing (9784), speaking on image processing pipelines, and applications in magnetic resonance histology.

Image processing has become ubiquitous in virtually all imaging research, so much so that it is easy to lose track of how diverse this processing has become, Johnson said. His center has pioneered the development of magnetic resonance histology (MRH), which generates large multidimensional data sets that can easily reach into the 10s of gigabytes. He described the image-processing pipelines from acquisition to dissemination that have become critical.

 

Keynote: Ken Goldberg on robot-assisted tumor resection

Ken Goldberg
Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley, spoke on robot-assisted tumor resection: palpation, incision, debridement, and adhesive closure in his keynote talk in the conference on Image-guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling (9786).

Working with Doug Boyd at University of California, Davis, Goldberg and his team are developing tooling and learning algorithms to facilitate supervised automation of surgical subtasks. He discussed recent work on palpation, dissection, retraction, debridement, and adhesive closure.

 

Keynote: Joseph Ackerman on in-vivo magnetic resonance experiments

Joseph Ackerman
Joseph Ackerman

Joseph Ackerman of Washington University in St. Louis gave an overview on "Interesting in-vivo magnetic resonance experiments that are not quite ready for prime time -- and some that are," in his keynote talk Wednesday in the conference on Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging (9788).

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers the advantages of full field-(depth)-of-view, no exposure to ionizing radiation, and myriad endogenous (and exogenous) contrasts, Ackerman said. Despite limitations related to low signal-to-noise sensitivity, MRI has proven to provide remarkable functional and structural insights into intact functioning biological systems, from the cultured cell to mouse to man.

 

Keynote: Kenneth Bloom on challenges in digital pathology

Kenneth Bloom
Kenneth Bloom

Kenneth Bloom, Chief Medical Officer at Clairent, Inc., discussed challenges in digital pathology in a keynote talk Wednesday in the conference on Digital Pathology (9791).

Digital pathology holds the promise to transform anatomic pathology into an objective science, but major hurdles still exist, Bloom said. The regulatory landscape of WSI (whole slide imaging) is still evolving. The value of digital pathology extends far beyond replacing the microscope, he said: Once untethered from the microscope pathologists will be able to utilize the full power of the next generation of tools and techniques waiting to be developed.

 

Keynote: Francine Jacobson, image perception and noninvasive lung visualization

Francine Jacobson
Francine Jacobson

In a keynote talk Thursday, Francine Jacobson of Brigham and Women's Hospital, discussed image perception and noninvasive lung visualization, in the conference on Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment (9787).

The introduction of helical CT, allowing imaging of lungs during a single breath-hold provided unprecedented noninvasive visualization of lung parenchyma, Jacobson said. Multidetector CT technology has continued to increase our understanding of the features of early lung cancer and lung parenchyma. Now, precision medicine demands attention to many previously overlooked features that have phenotypic significance for disease classification, treatment, and outcome, she noted, new paradigms in image viewing and assessment of technology and observer performance that are central to image perception science.

 

Posters and more posters

SPIE Medical Imaging 2016 poster sessions

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; winners names are listed below.

SPIE Medical Imaging 2016 poster sessions SPIE Medical Imaging 2016 poster sessions
SPIE Medical Imaging 2016 best poster winner SPIE Medical Imaging 2016 best poster winner

 

Awards for excellence — congratulations!

Sureerat Reaungamornrat, Frank Sauer
Sureerat Reaungamornrat, Frank Sauer
Clément Baumgarten, Frank Sauer
Clément Baumgarten, Frank Sauer
Dillon, Frank Sauer
Neal Dillon, Frank Sauer
Andrew Wiles, Xiaofeng Yang
Andrew Wiles, Xiaofeng Yang
Andrew Wiles, Burton Ma
Andrew Wiles, Burton Ma

Excellent papers by student, early-career, and poster authors were honored with awards.

 

Siemens Young Scientist

Winner of the Image-Guided Procedures Young Scientist Awards, sponsored by Siemens, was Sureerat Reaungamornrat of Johns Hopkins University (9786-16); runners-up were Clément Baumgarten of Université de Rennes 1 (9786-29) and Neal Dillon of Vanderbilt University (9786-51) — (pictured at right with Frank Sauer of Siemens Medical Solutions). The awards are sponsored by MIPS and SPIE, and co-sponsored by contributions by the Medical Imaging Community.

 

NDI Best Poster

Xiaofeng Yang of Emory University (9786-72) was the winner of the Image-Guided Procedures Best Poster Award, sponsored by Northern Digital, Inc. (NDI). Runners-up were Burton Ma of York University (9786-77) and Margaret Hess of the Lab of Percutaneous Surgery, Queen's University, (9786-57), whose award was accepted by professor Gabor Fichtinger on her behalf (below, righ with Andrew Wiles of NDI).

 

Physics of Medical Imaging Best Student Paper

Justin Solomon of Duke University (9783-76) was awarded the Physics of Medical Imaging Best Student Paper Award, sponsored by Carestream. Runners-up were Karl Berggren of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Philips Healthcare (9783-7) and James Scheuermann of Stony Brook University (9783-40).

 

Conference Posters

Poster presentations were recognized in each conference for exceptional quality, with winners chose by conference review committee members. Winners are:

Physics of Medical Imaging

Cum laude

  • Jann Stavro, Stony Brook University (9783-131)

Honorable mention

  • Gregory Sturgeon, Duke University (9783-82)
  • Stephen Glick, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (9783-83)
  • Darin Clark, Duke University (9783-154)
  • Alfred Garson, Washington University, St. Louis (9783-177)
  • Yuese Zheng, Duke University (9783-213)
  • Dhiraj Sikaria, Duke University (9783-214)
  • Pavel Chtcheprov, University of North Carolina (9783-222)

Image Processing

Cum laude

  • Shikha Chaganti, Vanderbilt University (9784-73)

Honorable mention

  • Julia Krüger, University of Lübeck (9784-110)
  • Jacob Levi, Case Western Reserve University (9784-135)
  • Tian Zhang, Delft University of Technology (9784-148)

Computer-Aided Diagnosis

Cum laude

  • Janne Näppi, Massachusetts General Hospital (9785-82)

Honorable mention

  • Chisako Muramatsu, Gifu University School of Medicine (9785-93)
  • Kenny Cha, University of Michigan Health System (9785-141)

Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling

Cum laude

  • Xiaofeng Yang, Emory University (9786-72)

Honorable mention

  • Margaret Hess, Queen's University (9786-57)
  • Burton Ma, York University (9786-77)

Image Processing

Cum laude

  • Christiane Hakim, Magee-Women’s Hospital (9787-46)

Honorable mention

  • Dimitar Petrov, UZ Leuven, Belgium (9787-57)

Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging

Cum laude

  • Elizabeth Duncan, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (9788-98)

Honorable mention

  • Manjiri Dighe, University of Washington (9788-52)
  • Brendan Eck, Case Western Reserve University (9788-86)
  • David Prabhu, Case Western Reserve University (9788-104)

PACS and Imaging Informatics: Next Generation and Innovations

Cum laude

  • Ximing Wang, University of Southern California (9789-31)

Honorable mention

  • Lijuan Huang, Hangzhou Dianzi University (9789-33)

Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography

Cum laude

  • Yan Yan, Wayne State University (9790-59)

Honorable mention

  • Adriyana Danudibroto, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (9790-51)

Digital Pathology

Cum laude

  • Harshita Sharma, Technische Universität Berlin (9791-31)

Honorable mention

  • Dmitrii Bychkov, Riku Turkki, University of Helsinki (9791-39) .

 


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SPIE Medical Imaging

27 February - 3 March 2016
San Diego, California, USA

 


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Back again in sunny San Diego

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

Student luncheon: meeting the experts

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

Keynote: Hugo Aerts on radiomics

Keynote: Brian Anthony on enhanced ultrasound

Awards and a tribute

Plenary: Edward Jackson on evolution toward precision medicine

Keynote: Allan Johnson on image processing pipelines

Keynote: Ken Goldberg on robot-assisted tumor resection

Keynote: Joseph Ackerman on in-vivo magnetic resonance experiments

Keynote: Kenneth Bloom on challenges in digital pathology

Keynote: Francine Jacobson, image perception and noninvasive lung visualization

Posters and more posters

Awards for excellence — congratulations!

 


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