The 2nd Image Guided Therapy Workshop was successfully held on March 10-11, 2008 in Arlington, VA.

Registration and Hotel: Please follow this link to access Registration and Hotel Information for the workshop. Please note that there is no registration fee for the workshop but the workshop capacity is limited to 100 attendees, and registration will be closed after that count is reached.


On behalf of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), and the National Center for Image-Guided Therapy (NCIGT) at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, it is our pleasure to announce an upcoming workshop on “Clinical Image-Guided Therapy: Opportunities and Needs” and invite you to attend and participate in the workshop.

This workshop will be held on March 10-11, 2008 at the Rockville Hilton in Rockville, Maryland and will be composed of scientific sessions in areas of neuro-, prostate, and body interventions, focused ultrasound, and targeted drug-delivery, as well as imaging, computation and visualization technologies in support of image-guided therapies (IGT). There will also be parallel hands-on breakout sessions focused on various applications of the Slicer visualization modules. In addition, the organizers would like to invite submission of abstracts on clinical IGT for poster presentations at the meeting. Scientific abstracts may be submitted for the poster session of this workshop. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 5 pm EST January 24, 2008, with further details available below.

We expect attendance by the members of the academia, industry, and federal agencies interested in the field of image-guided interventions.

The overall goal of this workshop is to asses the current needs and opportunities in the field of image-guided interventions and NCIGT’s role as a national center in relation to the greater IGT community. In order to best achieve this goal it is important for all participants to attend both days of the workshop. The preliminary program for the workshop is currently available below and further details on the program and the logistics will be available in January.

Program Contacts:

Keyvan Farahani, PhD
Acting Chief
Image-Guided Interventions Branch
Cancer Imaging Program
National Cancer Institute
Email: Farahani@nih.gov

Clare Tempany, MD
Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Email: ctempany@bwh.harvard.edu

Call for Poster Abstracts

Poster Sessions

There will be a working lunch poster session during both days of the workshop and abstract submissions will be considered for exhibits during the poster sessions. Prospective attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts describing their research in areas related to clinical image-guided therapy for consideration of exhibition in the Poster Sessions of the workshop.

Abstract Format, Submission and Acceptance

Authors should organize the abstract (250 words or less) in four sections: Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions, identified by bold headers. Submissions may be made by sending your abstract to ncigt-workshop-posters@bwh.harvard.edu. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 5 pm EST January 24, 2008. All submissions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the workshop for scientific merit and program relevance. Principal authors will be notified of the result of the abstract review by Feb 2, 2008.

Guidelines for Poster format

The poster boards are 8' wide x 4' long. Each poster should not be larger than 4' wide and 4' long so that two posters can fit on each board.

Program Committee

  • Ferenc Jolesz, M.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Clare Tempany, M.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Ron Kikinis, M.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Keyvan Farahani, PhD, National Cancer Institute, NIH
  • Abraham Levy, PhD, National Center for Research Resources, NIH
  • John Haller, PhD, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH


(Click here to download the Program in PDF format)

Monday March 10

8:00 – 8:15 am Introduction: Keyvan Farahani, PhD (NIH)
8:15 – 8:45 am Day 1 Keynote: Ferenc Jolesz, MD (BWH)

Session 1: Prostate Chair Keyvan Farahani (CIP/NCI)

8:45 – 9:05 am Session Keynote: Peter Choyke, MD (NIH)
9:05 – 9:20 am Clare Tempany, MD (NCIGT/BWH)
9:20 – 9:35 am Cynthia Menard, MD (Toronto)
9:35 – 10:05 am Speakers Panel

10:05-10:20am Break

Session 2: Body Chair Pushpa Tandon (CIP/NCI)

10:20 – 10:40 am Session Keynote: Gerald Dodd, III, MD (UTHSC, San Antonio)
10:40 – 10:55 am Kemal Tuncali, MD (NCIGT/BWH)
10:55 – 11:10 am Dennis Fowler, PhD (Columbia)
11:10 – 11:25 am Mehran Armand, PhD (Johns Hopkins)
11:25 – 11: 55 am Speakers Panel

11:55 am-1pm Lunch

Session 3: Neurosurgery Chair John Haller (NIBIB)

1:00 – 1:20 pm Session Keynote: Walter Hall, MD, PhD (U Minnesota)
1:20 – 1:35 pm Ferenc Jolesz (NCIGT/BWH)
1:35 – 1:50 pm Xenophon Papademetris, PhD (Yale)
1:50 – 2:05 pm Mathew Gounis, PhD (UMASS, Worcester)
2:05 – 2:35 pm Speakers Panel

2:35-3:35 pm Poster Presentations

Session 4: Computation and Visualization Chair Abraham Levy (NCRR)

3:35 - 4:05 pm George Chen, PhD (MGH)
4:05 - 4:20 pm Sandy Wells, PhD (NCIGT/BWH) (slides)
4:20 - 4:35 pm Michael Miga, PhD (Vanderbilt)
4:35 - 4:50 pm George Stetten, PhD (U Pittsburgh)
4:50 - 5:05 pm Robert Cormack, PhD (Rad Onc, BWH) (slides)
5:05 - 5:35 pm Speakers Panel

5:45-6:45 pm: Parallel Breakout Sessions: Link to the detailed page

Breakout Session 1: DTI/fMRI Acquisition and Visualization for Neurosurgery: Steve Whalen (slides), Lauren O'Donnell (slides)

Breakout Session 2: Slicer Prostate Module: Steve Haker, Noby Hata (slides)

Breakout Session 3: Liver Visualization: Nicu Archip, Paul Morrison (slides)

Tuesday March 11

8:00 – 8:10 am Introduction
8:10 – 8:40 am Day 2 Keynote: Chrit Moonen, PhD (U Bordeaux, France)

Session 5: Focused Ultrasound Chair Hector Lopez (NIBIB)

8:40 - 9:00 am Session Keynote: Kullervo Hynynen (U Toronto)
9:00 – 9:15 am Greg Clement, PhD (NCIGT/BWH)
9:15 – 9:30 am Patrick Wolf, PhD (Duke)
9:30 – 9:45 am Guillerno Tearney, PhD (MGH)
9:45 – 10:15 am Speakers Panel

10:15 -10:30 am Break

Session 6: Imaging Chair Abraham Levy (NCRR)

10:30 – 10:50 am Session Keynote: John Pauly, PhD (Stanford)
10:50 – 11:05 am Larry Panych, PhD (NCIGT/BWH) (slides)
11:05 – 11:20 am Erez Nevo, MD, PhD (Robin Medical Inc.)
11:20 – 11:35 am Ehud Schmidt, PhD (BWH)
11:35 – 12:00 pm Speakers Panel

12:00 pm-1pm: Lunch

Session 7: Targeted Drug and Cell Delivery Chair Keyvan Farahani (NCI)

1:00 – 1:20 pm Session Keynote: Zaver Bhujwalla, PhD (Johns Hopkins)
1:20 – 1:35 pm Nathan McDannold, PhD (NCIGT/BWH)
1:35 – 1:50 pm Alexander L Klibanov, Ph.D. (U Virginia)
1:50 – 2:05 pm Jeff Bulte, PhD (Johns Hopkins)
2:05 – 2:35 pm Speakers Panel
2:35 – 2:45 pm Concluding Remarks


Poster Session


  1. Song - A Pilot Study of Intraoperative Dynamic Dosimetry using Registered Ultrasound and Fluoroscopy (RUF) for Permanent Prostate Brachytherapy
  2. Fichtinger - Robotic Assistance for Ultrasound Guided Prostate Brachytherapy
  3. Mozer - Fully-Automated Robot for MRI Guided Prostate Interventions
  4. Krieger- MRI Guided Prostate Biopsy and Marker Placements
  5. Mozer - Framework for 3D TransRectal Ultrasound (TRUS) Image-Based Tracking
  6. Feleppa Planning and guidance of prostate-cancer therapy using tissue-type images generated from registered magnetic-resonance and ultrasound spectra
  7. Josan - MRI-guided Cryoablation – Acute Cryolesion Assessment with T1 and T2 Imaging
  8. Kruecker- Fusion of Pre-Acquired MRI with Transrectal Ultrasound for Realtime Interventional Guidance in the Prostate


  1. Cheng - EM Tracking Guided Lung Biopsy – P. Cheng
  2. Yaniv- Navigated Radiofrequency (NAV-RFA) Ablation of Liver Tumors
  3. Armiger - An Intraoperative Biomedical Guidance System for Periacetabular Osteotomy
  4. Iftima - Image-Guided Intervention System for Pancreatic Cancer screening and Therapy


  1. Zibly- MR-Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MRgHIFU) – Cranial Nerve Thermal Injury Preliminary Results
  2. Xia- A Cooperatively-Controlled Image Guided Robot System for Skull Base Surgery
  3. Levene- Aberration Correction of GRIN lenses for Multipohoton-Microscopy – Guided Neurosurgery
  4. xCAT: Mobile Intraoperative CT Scanners for Head and neck Surgery - Clinthorne
  5. Protein-Based MR Imaging of Human Brain Tumors at 3T - Zhou & van Zijl


  1. Chuech- Vascular Replicas for the Simulation of Image-Guided Stroke Therapy
  2. Shmatukha- Vasculature-based Co-registration of X-ray and MR Images for the Guidance of Cardiovascular Interventions
  3. Linte- Minimally Invasive Intracardiac Therapy Using Augmented Reality Enhanced Ultrasound
  4. Wolf- In vitro ARFI Imaging of Cardiac Ablation Lesions
  5. Nikoozadeh- Intracardiac Ultrasound Imaging Catheters Intergrated with Electrophysiology Electrodes and Ablation Devices
  6. Wilson- Fabrication, Deflecftion, and Heating of Magnetically-Steered Catheters
  7. Hetts- Magnetic Catheter Deflection and Navigation at 1.5 Tesla
  8. Zhang- Image-guided Acoustic Droplet Vaporization (ADV) for Tissue Occlusion
  9. Salomon- Image-Guided Vascular Targeted Photodynamic Therapy Using Photosensitized (Ps) Bold MRI

Imaging, Computation, & Visualization

  1. Miga- Model-based Approaches to Enhancing Guidance for Surgical Therapy
  2. Papademetris- From Medical Image Computing to Computer Aided Intervention: Development of a Research Interface for Image Guided Navigation
  3. Galeotti- Holographic Display for In-Situ Merger of Real-Time Tomographic Data with Direct Vision
  4. Tgavalekos - Preliminary Results for Instrument Tip Tracking During Interventional Oncology Procedures
  5. Todd- Using thermal model predictions to improve MR temperature imaging time resolution
  6. Payne- Minimization of HIFU Treatment Time using Model Predictive Feedback Control
  7. Mao- A Novel Algorithm for Automatic Detection of Multiple Internal Fiducial Markers on Onboard MV and kV Images
  8. Wiersma- Combined kV and MV Imaging for Real-Time Tracking of Implanted Fiducial Markers