Health Informatics Society of Australia (NSW Branch) welcomes you to our educational event:
Creating Tools for Medical Image Computing
a presentation by
Dr Ron Kikinis, Director, Surgical Planning Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Professor Kikinis investigates how to
extract information and knowledge out of biomedical imaging data and use the
knowledge to help diagnosis and treatment. Medicine is primarily an empiric
field of science with relatively little theory. The engineering sciences, on
the other hand, have a solid theoretical foundation, which allows easy
hypothesis formation and extrapolation. This results in very different
scientific cultures and how the scientific method is used in each field. Working
as a translator between medical doctors, computer scientists and physicists is
both a great privilege and an enormous challenge. Surprisingly few concepts are
shared among these fields of science, which makes successful interdisciplinary
work difficult to accomplish.
The fields of Radiology and Surgery are
undergoing a quiet revolution, which started several decades ago. Capabilities of
imaging devices have evolved in leaps and bounds, producing a larger quantity
of more complex data. In order to take advantage of these novel capabilities in
diagnostics and treatment, it is necessary to research, develop and deploy new
image processing capabilities and, for treatments, to link them to devices.
research in this field requires interdisciplinary teams with effective
communications and shared values. While prototypes are sufficient for algorithm
research, translation into biomedical research requires the creation of tools
that can be used by physicians. Industrial involvement in this process only
occurs after the value of a new capability has been demonstrated in
For the last decade, Professor
Kikinis has focused on creating a software platform to make it easier to
translate engineering prototypes for image post-processing into diagnostics and
his talk, Professor Kikinis will discuss current state-of-the-art tools and
recent progress from a personal perspective.
Dr Ron Kikinis biography.
When: Thursday 26 April, 6 - 8 PM
Where: St Vincent's Private Function Room, 406 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Note: Enter via St Vincent's Private Hospital foyer and ask for Clinic Board Room
Parking: Parking available via St Vincent's Clinic Car Park (not St Vincent's Private Car Park)
Event Entry: FREE
HISA would like to thank St Vincent's Hospital for their kind support of this event.