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SPIE Professional January 2014

Optical innovations at SPIE Medical Imaging

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Innovations in image processing, quantitative methods to integrate multiple sets of imaging data, computer-aided diagnosis, picture archiving, and related optical technologies will be presented at SPIE Medical Imaging, 15-20 February in San Diego, CA (USA).

The annual symposium will have nine conferences with more than 1000 presentations on the latest medical imaging research. Papers will be presented on wearable technologies, ultrasonic imaging, optical coherence tomography, image perception, image-guided procedures, metrology, and more.

In addition to the conferences, the event includes numerous workshops, technical events, and panel discussions, including demonstrations of computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) technologies and a discussion of CAD successes and failures.

Technology transfer events include a workshop on commercialization of medical research, and attendees will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with staff from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to learn more about preparing grant applications.

NIH staff will also conduct a workshop on the peer review system for NIH funding. Speakers will include successful grantees discussing how they approached the problem of preparing grant applications. Presentations will explore the peer review process, including how to structure, write, and fine-tune a competitive application for funding consideration. A mock review of real grants will cover what factors are associated with assessing the strengths and weaknesses of applications.

John Gore, director of the Institute for Imaging Science at Vanderbilt University (USA), will give the plenary talk on the emerging role of quantitative imaging biomarkers. Gore will discuss the importance of integrating multiple data sets from different modalities such as PET and MRI and using the imaging informatics to assess metabolic and physiological states, disease risk and progression, and even new drugs and medical treatments.

Nine experts in CAD, image perception, neurophotonics, digital pathology, acoustic microscopy, and related technologies will give keynote talks during the week.

Michael J. Hawrylycz, an investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science (USA), will discuss digital brain atlases in one keynote talk. The other speakers are Jeremy Wolfe, Charles A. Taylor, Simon Cherry, Eliot L. Siegel, Roman G. Maev, and SPIE members Richard Levenson, Nico Karssemeijer, Robert L. Galloway, and Roman G. Maev.

Symposium chairs are SPIE Fellow Ehsan Samei of Duke University (USA) and David Manning, a professor at Lancaster University (UK).

Read more about SPIE Medical Imaging.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201401.29

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