Progress in Fully-Automated Body CT Image Interpretation — 2015 Update

April 29, 2015 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

The need for decision support systems in radiology is growing given the dramatic increase in imaging utilization, intensity and workload. Dr. Summers' laboratory at NIH focuses on the application of advanced image processing and machine learning techniques to provide decision support for radiology image interpretation. As a body radiologist and CT subspecialist, Dr. Summers has chosen to focus his research on the development of decision support for thoracoabdominal CT image interpretation.

In this talk, Dr. Summers will discuss his laboratory's approach to full automation of body CT interpretation. In the last three years, his laboratory has made substantial progress towards this goal. Topics will include fully-automated detection and segmentation of major body organs and their lesions, including spine and spine lesions and lymphadenopathy. Validation results will be presented. Dr. Summers will describe potential unrecognized benefits of fully-automated quantitation on routine body CT scans without the need for additional radiation exposure. He will also discuss the impact of advances in deep learning to radiology image analysis.

Ronald M. Summers, M.D., Ph.D

Ronald M. Summers received a B.A. degree in Physics and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Medicine/Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Summers completed a medical internship at the Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a radiology residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and an MRI fellowship at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. In 1994, he joined the Diagnostic Radiology Department at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he is now a tenured Senior Investigator and Staff Radiologist. Dr. Summers is currently Chief of the Clinical Image Processing Service and directs the Imaging Biomarkers and Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD) Laboratory. In 2000, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, presented by Dr. Neal Lane, President Bill Clinton’s science advisor. In 2012, he received the NIH Director’s Award, presented by NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins. His research interests include virtual colonoscopy, CAD, multi-organ multi-atlas registration and development of large radiologic image databases. Dr. Summers' clinical areas of specialty are thoracic and gastrointestinal radiology and body cross-sectional imaging.


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