Precision Medicine emphasis at SPIE Medical Imaging 2016

Papers in new focused topic are among more than 1,050 reports from leading researchers

18 December 2015

Plenary talk at SPIE Medical Imaging 2015

SPIE Medical Imaging plenary talks are among well-attended events during the conference; above, the 2015 plenary session.


BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA, and CARDIFF, UK -- The emerging disease treatment and prevention approach of Precision Medicine will be the topic of a new multidisciplinary track at SPIE Medical Imaging in 2016. Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, SPIE Medical Imaging includes nine technical conferences, a professional development course program, workshops, and several networking events.

Dates are 27 February through 3 March at the Town and Country Resort Convention Center in San Diego, California.

Advances in Precision Medicine save lives and improve outcomes by enabling faster and more accurate diagnosis for diseases such as cancer, lung disease, coronary artery calcifications and other health issues, notes the White House website on the Precision Medicine Initiative. The emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each patient.

Nearly 70 papers on Precision Medicine will be presented during the symposium, among a total of more than 1,050, in conferences on:

  • Physics of Medical Imaging
  • Image Processing
  • Computer-Aided Diagnosis
  • Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling
  • Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
  • Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging
  • PACS and Imaging Informatics: Next Generation and Innovations
  • Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography
  • Digital Pathology.

Other highlights are:

  • A plenary talk by Edward Jackson, professor and Chair of Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, on the evolution of medical imaging, from qualitative to quantitative approaches
  • Keynote talks by leading researchers in each conference topical area
  • Fundamental and advanced courses that meet continuing education requirements
  • Workshops on information management in the operating room, interventional procedures, miniaturizing surgical robotics, image synthesis, U.S. National Institutes of Health funding opportunities, and validating image-perception models
  • A live demonstration session for system and algorithm developers
  • Networking poster sessions and luncheons.

A panel discussion will provide a forum for discussion of ideas about current imaging challenges in the era of Precision Medicine that are worthy topics for a future Computer-Assisted Diagnosis Grand Challenge. The competition would be similar to the LUNGx Challenge held during SPIE Medical Imaging 2015.

Symposium chairs are Steven Horii of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Berkman Sahiner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Accepted conference proceedings papers will be published in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved after the meeting, and in print volumes.

Registration, hotel, and other information is at

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