Special Focus Workshops

Third Workshop on the Nuclear Radiology of Breast Cancer (NRBC)

November 4-5, 2006

Organizing Committee:

Raymond Raylman,
Chief Organizer

Craig Levin

Martin Tornai

The goal of this 1-1/2 workshop is to present an update on the technology and applications of dedicated nuclear radiology breast imaging systems. Specifically, the program will cover topics such as breast cancer biology, clinical state-of-the-art in radiology, potential diagnostic and treatment roles of nuclear medicine, existing and promising breast cancer radiotracers, clinical trial results with commercial nuclear emission cameras dedicated to breast imaging, international research groups working on improving nuclear breast cancer imaging, long term industrial outlook of dedicated breast imaging modalities, and research funding opportunities. The format of the workshop consists of a mix of invited speakers and presentations (oral and poster) selected from submitted abstracts.

Overview of the Workshop Schedule.

  • The workshop will begin on the afternoon of November 4 after most of the MIC sessions have concluded and continue on November 5 for the whole day until approximately 5:00pm.
  • There will be several oral presentations, as well as a poster session.
  • A group dinner is to be held on the evening of November 4.

Submission requirement:  an abstract and a 2 page summary in PDF format send to Ray Raylman (rraylman@wvu.edu).
Submission deadline: August 15.

Micro-Pattern Gas Detectors: High Energy Physics and Beyond

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Maxim Titov,
Freiburg University,

Archana Sharma,

Paul Colas,

Topics will include:

  • High Precision Tracking for TPC
  • High Rate Tracking and Aging Studies
  • Gaseous Photomultipliers
  • Detector Simulation
  • System Aspects: Detector and Electronic Integration
  • Astrophysics and Dark Matter Searches
  • Medical Imaging
  • Industrial Applications

Submission requirement:  an abstract and a 2 page summary in PDF format.
Submission deadline: May 26, 2006.

Compton Scatter Imaging for Medicine, Astronomy and Industry

Thursday, November 2, 2006


Gary Royle,
University College London


Tumay Tumer,
Nova R&D

This half day workshop aims to present the latest developments in Compton scatter imaging for applications in medicine, astronomy and industry. The workshop is relevant to NSS, MIC and RTSD. The format will include invited overview talks and submitted presentations selected from submitted abstracts. The session will conclude with a question and answer session with a panel of experts.

Submission requirement:  an abstract and a 2 page summary in PDF format.
Submission deadline: May 19, 2006.

Innovative Techniques for Hadron Therapy

Thursday, November 2, 2006


Patrick Le Dû,

Anatoly Rozenfeld,
University of Wollongong,

Steve Peggs,
Brookhaven National Lab.,

The treatment of non-operable and radio-resistant cancer tumors using particle beam like proton and light ion is becoming a medical reality. The number of clinical facilities is growing very rapidly around the world. After the first successful workshop organized during the 2003 IEEE NSS-MIC conference in Portland, we propose this year to review the evolution of technological ideas and instrumentation around this emerging topic. This is a perfect illustration of a merging Nuclear and detectors experts with the Medical Imaging community.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a forum for interested participants to discuss in a convivial way the progress in the field and to exchange recent experiences. The format of the workshop will consist of invited speakers, oral and posters presentations selected from submitted abstracts before August 31st, 2006.

The preliminary agenda of contributions fields is the following:

  • Hadrontherapy: a clinical introduction
  • Survey of new facilities and projects around the world
  • New machine concepts (FFAG, portable proton linac)
  • Instrumentation for beam control and real time dose monitoring
  • In-beam PET systems
  • Proton CT imaging
  • Advanced dosimetry (micro and nano dosimetry)
  • Modelling of space radiation environment uising ions
  • Simulation using GEANT
  • New ideas using antiprotons and neutrons.

Submission requirement: an abstract.
Submission deadline: August, 31 2006.


Bi-modality PET and MRI Workshop

Thursday, November 2, 2006


Paul Vaska,
Brookhaven National Laboratory,

Imaging the same subject with both PET and MRI has potentially significant advantages over other multi-modal approaches which merge in vivo functional and anatomical information. The benefits range from unparalleled soft-tissue contrast with MRI to the possibility of acquiring 2 complementary functional data sets (PET and fMRI) from a subject under identical conditions. Interest in truly simultaneous PET and MRI imaging has increased particularly as the technology of solid state detectors and photodetectors for PET has matured. This workshop will include invited speakers detailing the potential benefits of PET-MR imaging for medicine (covering both sequential and simultaneous approaches), as well as the particular challenges posed by the MRI environment for simultaneous imaging. The workshop is not intended to present the status of the various efforts underway (which will be covered in the regular conference sessions), but will be more issue-focused. Thus there will be no formal abstract submission. However, those interested in suggesting specific topics and/or being represented in a brief overview of the technology should contact the organizer.


GATE Workshop

Saturday, November 4th, 5:30 pm

Organizing committee:

Irene Buvat

Sébastien Jan

The OpenGATE collaboration (https://www.opengatecollaboration.org)

Monte Carlo simulations play an increasing role in emission tomography, for the optimization of imaging system design, for tuning acquisition and processing protocols and assessing their performance, and even as part of the image formation process when involved in the reconstruction step or in corrections. The goal of this workshop is to gather current and future users and developers of GATE, the public-domain Monte Carlo simulation tool dedicated to emission tomography, and to allow them to meet the members of the OpenGATE collaboration in charge of the development and the distribution of the code.

The agenda of the workshop will include:

  • A general presentation of GATE and of the OpenGATE collaboration for newcomers.
  • Presentations of the latest developments in GATE.
  • Presentations of upcoming developments in GATE.
  • A discussion about the future of GATE.
  • A question and answer session with a panel of OpenGATE members.

Those interested in presenting original developments or use of GATE are invited to submit an abstract and a 2 page summary in PDF format before September 22nd. Selected abstracts will be presented orally only (no poster).

Submission requirement:  an abstract and a 2 page summary in PDF format.
Submission deadline: September 22, 2006.


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