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Town and Country Resort and Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
14 - 18 February 2021
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The leading conference that explores the science of medical imaging

Advance Program online 16 October 2020
SPIE Medical Imaging 2021
The conference where information is shared by leading researchers in image processing, physics, computer-aided diagnosis, perception, image-guided procedures, biomedical applications, ultrasound, informatics, radiology and digital pathology. This also includes an increased focus on fast emerging areas like Deep Learning, AI, Machine Learning, and information fusion.

As we plan for an in-person meeting next year, we recognize that travel conditions are uncertain. SPIE remains committed to providing a forum for information sharing, collaboration, and advancing research that is vital to our community.

If we determine that we are unable to have an onsite meeting, we will host this event online as a Digital Forum. We will make the determination and will send information about the event’s final format in mid-December.  Regardless of format, please join your community and contribute to our shared effort to improve the global condition for everyone. Find our response to COVID-19 here.

Presentations and Manuscripts Due
20 January 2021

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Medical Imaging 2021 Plenary Speaker

Rebecca Kortum-Richards

Rebecca Richards-Kortum 
Malcolm Gillis University,
Prof of Bioengineering
Director of Rice 360: Institute for Global Health Technology, Rice University

Richards-Kortum will speak on Biophotonics Solutions to Global Health Challenges.

Her research has been instrumental in improving early detection of cancers and other diseases, especially in low-resources settings. Dr. Richards-Kortum’s research has led to the development of 40 patents. She is author of the textbook Biomedical Engineering for Global Health more than 230 refereed research papers and 11 book chapters. Her teaching programs, research and collaborations have been supported by generous grants from many distinguished health institutes. She was the recipient of the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) highest honor, the Pierre Galletti Award.

She is currently working with colleagues and undergraduate students to develop a Nursery of the Future to provide technologies necessary to reduce neonatal death in sub-Saharan Africa to rates equivalent to the United States. 

Learn more about two of the plenary presenters through their video interviews.
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Research shared across nine conference topics

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The conference that focuses on the latest innovations related to underlying fundamental scientific principles, technology developments, scientific evaluation, and clinical applications. View conference topics.

2021 Conference Topics 

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 
Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications
Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography
Digital and Computational Pathology

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Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
Why medical imaging thrives in San Diego

While San Diego is famous for its beaches and pristine weather, the California coastal city, and the state of California in general, is home to a combination of top-notch universities and world-renowned research institutes known for their science and technology programs. The nearby University of California San Diego and UC San Diego School of Medicine (to name a few) have added to the level of international recognition as a hub for biotech, genomics and healthcare-centric research.

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