Thursday, March 15, 2012

Guest Post: Institute bioengineers share imaging innovations at SPIE 2012

By Kevin Cleary, PhD

The Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation was well represented at the SPIE Medical Imaging meeting in San Diego from February 4-9, 2012. (SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics.) Principal Investigator Ziv Yaniv, PhD, was on the Steering Committee for the Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling track and also served as a Session Chair. Principal Investigator Marius George Linguraru, PhD, presented in the Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging track, and also had a poster in the Image Processing track. In addition, I served on the Steering Committee for the Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling track and presented a poster in the same track.

The SPIE Medical Imaging meeting is an annual event and one of the premier conferences for Image Processing, Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD), Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS), Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Biomedical Applications. The keynote talk, “Re-Engineering Medical Imaging in an Electronic and Flattened World: Meaningful Innovation and Translation,” was given by Paul Chang, MD, of the University of Chicago School of Medicine. A recap of key conference events can be found on the website http://spie.org/x12166.xml.

“The Medical Imaging meeting gives us a chance to present our latest work as well as learn what others are doing,” said Dr. Yaniv. “The multiple track format allows us to see different disciplines in the medical imaging domain in one convenient setting.”
Dr. Yaniv leads the IGSTK user group meeting.
“The conference is important to me as the leaders in the medical imaging field all attend and there is ample opportunity for discussion and exchange of ideas,” said Dr. Linguraru. “It is also an excellent venue for recruiting young researchers as students are well represented.”

In addition to attending the Medical Imaging conference, Dr. Yaniv and Dr. Cleary hosted a user group meeting for their open source software, The Image-Guided Surgery Toolkit (IGSTK). Groups represented included Princess Margaret Hospital from Toronto, the Politecnico di Milano from Milan, the University of Bern in Switzerland, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. The presentation topics and slides can be found on the website by following the links to IGSTK events and the SPIE 2012 user group meeting.

Kevin Cleary, PhD, is the Technical Director and a Principal Investigator in the Bioengineering Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute.