Exploring the Frontiers of Dynamic Nuclear Medicine Imaging for Medical and Molecular Applications (06w5049)


(University of British Columbia)

Grant Gullberg (E.O. Lawrence Berkelely National Lab)

Michael King (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

(Simon Fraser University)


Forty scientists from all over the world will converge this week, March 25-30, 2006 on the Banff International Research Station (BIRS), for a workshop on dynamic medical imaging. This event is co- organized by Anna Celler (University of British Columbia/Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute), Grant Gullberg (E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Michael King (University of Massachusetts Medical School) and Manfred Trummer (Mathematics, Simon Fraser University).

Medical imaging provides physicians with diagnostically meaningful information about the anatomy and/or physiology of the patient. Advances in medical imaging rely upon improvements in hardware as well as on the development of new computational techniques and algorithms, involving research in physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. This multidisciplinary workshop brings together top researchers in those disciplines with their medical colleagues to discuss recent advances in medical imaging techniques, focusing on dynamic methods. Standard methods of image creation require the studied object not to change during the time of data acquisition. For this reason most clinical imaging studies investigate and visualize only static tissue densities or tracer distributions. Yet, living organisms are not static: Better information about their function, normal or altered by disease, can be obtained by dynamic imaging methods.

Workshop participants are active in the development of methods to maximize the diagnostic information that can be obtained from medical imaging techniques by optimizing all stages of the imaging process. Practical benefits include better diagnostic tools for study and treatment of illnesses and cost reductions for certain clinical trials.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is administered by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, which itself is a collaborative venture between the major universities in Alberta, BC and Washington State.