Highlights from SPIE Medical Imaging 2018 – Image-guided procedures, robotic interventions, and modeling conference

SPIE Medical Imaging was held in February in Houston, Texas. The Image-guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling Conference (chaired by Baowei Fei (Emory University) and Bob Webster (Vanderbilt University)) was a great success. Highlights included:

MD Anderson Tour and Joint Session  

The conference leveraged the proximity to University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to create intersectional meetings with clinicians and conference attendees. Organized by Kristy Brock (MD Anderson), John Hazle (MD Anderson), and Jeff Siewerdsen (Johns Hopkins), conference attendees boarded a bus on Monday evening to tour the Image-Guided cancer Therapy Facilities. On Tuesday, MD Anderson clinicians were invited to speak at a joint forum at the conference. Event attendees reported that this opportunity was one of the highpoints of the conference.

Journal of Medical Imaging Special Issue Session

Mike Miga (Vanderbilt University) and Amber Simpson (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) hosted an evening session to highlight the Journal of Medical Imaging special issue on Image-guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling. The call for papers for the special issue was sent in February 2017. Submissions were due in August 2017. Authors were given the opportunity to present their paper from the special issue at the conference. Presented papers represented a cross section of the highly translational work in the field.


Northern Digital sponsored poster awards and Siemens sponsored the Young Scientist Award.

Young Scientist Award – Winner

Jessica R. Rodgers
Western Univ. (Canada)
Intra-operative 360° 3D transvaginal ultrasound guidance during high-dose-rate interstitial gynecologic brachytherapy needle placement.
Paper 10576-51

Young Scientist Award – Runner-up

Shekoofeh Azizi
The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
3D Tissue Mimicking Biophantoms for Ultrasound Imaging: Bioprinting and Image Analysis
Paper 10576-56

Young Scientist Award – Runner-up

Yiyuan Zhao
Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Validation of cochlear implant electrode localization techniques
Paper 10576-53

Poster Award – Winner

Junghoon Lee
Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
CT-ultrasound deformable registration for PET-determined prostate brachytherapy
Paper 10576-99

Poster Award – Runner-up

Rebecca Hisey
Queen’s Univ. (Canada)
Real-time workflow detection using webcam video for providing real-time feedback in central venous catheterization training
Paper 10576-61

Poster Award – Runner-up

Christian Herrmann
Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Distant pulse oximetry based on skin region extraction and multi-spectral measurement
Paper 10576-86

SPIE 2019 in San Diego

We will go back to the newly renovated Town and Country Hotel in San Diego in next year. The conference will on February 16-21, 2019. The Image-guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling Conference will be at the beginning of the conference (Sunday – Tuesday). The submission deadline for abstracts for the next conference is August 8.