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SPIE Medical Imaging event news and photos


15-20 February 2014
San Diego, California, USA

The latest cutting-edge research and developments in medical imaging technologies including advances in physics, imaging processing, CAD, visualization and modeling, digital pathology, ultrasonic imaging, and imaging for biomedical applications were featured at SPIE Medical Imaging 2014.

Symposium chairs were David Manning of Lancaster University (UK) and SPIE Fellow Ehsan Samei of Duke University (USA).

The internationally recognized, multidisciplinary event included:

  • 9 technical conferences
  • a plenary talk by John Gore, Director of the Institute of Imaging Science and professor at Vanderbilt University exploring the development and applications of quantitative imaging biomarkers
  • 2 interactive poster sessions
  • 9 keynote presentations from leading experts
  • 11 technical courses and workshops including the new course Photon Counting X-Ray Imaging: Technology and Methods; and several other special events.

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Plenary presentation

MI14 John Gore

John Gore of Vanderbilt University presented on "The Emerging Role of Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers" to a standing-room-only audience of more than 600 attendees. Gore gave his perspective on the field of quantitative imaging, including its current demand, potentials, and prospects and reviewed the impressive number of technologies under development or in clinical use, primarily from the Institute for Imaging Science at Vanderbilt, where he is the director.

Gore noted challenges such as making quantitative imaging a clinical reality because it is hampered by the lack of standardization of quantitative techniques; an uncertainty of the precision of the process; and the bottleneck associated with forming consensus among stakeholders despite the fact that organizations such as the Radiological Society of North America and the National Institute of Health are trying to address those limitations.

MI14 plenary audience

MI14 plenary slides


New Fellow


From left, symposium cochair and SPIE Fellow Ehsan Samei, Duke University, and SPIE Fellow Elizabeth Krupinski, University of Arizona, congratulated new SPIE Fellow Maryellen Giger, University of Chicago, editor-in-chief of the SPIE Journal of Medical Imaging, during the plenary awards session.


Robert Wagner Best Paper Awards


Symposium cochair Ehsan Samei presented Robert F. Wagner All-Conference Best Paper Awards sponsored by SPIE; above the full group of finalists receive congratulations. Wagner, the award's namesake, was a founder and active organizer of SPIE Medical Imaging throughout his career. The award acknowledges Wagner's many important contributions to the meeting and to the field of medical imaging.

Antonio Martinez-Torteya Antonio Martinez-Torteya of the
Tecnológico de Monterrey was the
winner of the Robert F. Wagner
All-Conference Best Student
Paper Award for his paper
titled "MRI signal and texture
features for the prediction
of MCI to Alzheimer's disease
progression" [9035-82].


Geert Litjens, at left, of Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen Medical Center receives the runner-up award from symposium cochair Ehsan Samei for the paper titled "Distinguishing benign confounding treatment changes from residual prostate cancer on MRI following laser ablation" [9036-49].


Siemens Young Scientist Awards


The Young Scientist Award, sponsored by Siemens, in the conference on Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling was won by Sureerat Reaungamornrat, center, of Johns Hopkins University, for the paper  "Deformable registration for image-guided spine surgery: preserving rigid body vertebral morphology in free-form transformations" authored by Reaungamornrat, Adam Wang, Ali Uneri, Yoshito Otake, Zhe Zhao, Akhil Khanna and Jeffrey Siewerdsen [9036-27].


The Young Scientist runner-up award was won by Xiaofeng Yang, center, of Emory University for the paper "A new CT prostate segmentation for ultrasound-guided CT-based HDR brachytherapy," authored by Yang, Peter Rossi, Tomi Ogunleye, Walter Curran and Tian Liu [9036-92].

Presenters were conference chair Ziv Yaniv (Children's Medical Center), at left, and Frank Sauer of Siemens.


Poster sessions

Both poster sessions were well attended with nearly 750 attendees at Monday's session and nearly 650 on Wednesday.










Daily networking lunches




Full job board



Those wonderful sponsors!

SPIE Medical Imaging sponsor table

SPIE Medical Imaging 2014 was supported by generous Silver Sponsors, who had representatives on hand to provide information about their products and services research and industry. Silver Sponsors included:

  • DeskCAT by Modus Medical Devices
  • Ventana Medical Systems, Roche Group
  • Intrace Medical