The CARS congress is the annual event for a distinguished international community of scientists, engineers and physicians to present and discuss the key innovations that shape modern medicine on a worldwide basis.

The CARS Congress Organizing Committee invites you to come to Fukuoka in June 25 – 28, 2014, for an extraordinary event in which scientific/medical presentations as well as stimulating discussions will foster new visions on the future of medicine.

At the CARS Congress you will have the opportunity to meet scholars and practising experts in the fields of radiology, surgery, engineering, informatics and healthcare management who have an interest in topics, such as

  • image- and model-guided interventions
  • advanced medical imaging
  • image processing and visualization
  • intelligent operating room of the future
  • decision and action support in surgical management
  • computer aided diagnosis
  • medical simulation and evaluation, and e-Learning
  • surgical navigation and robotics
  • model-guided and personalised medicine

New PACS applications, including IT-infrastructures adapted for the operating room, related results from the DICOM and IHE working groups, but in particular, new methods and IT-tools for modelling the patient and medical processes are increasingly shaping the scope of CARS. Clinical specialties represented at CARS include:

  • Computer Aided Neuro-, ENT-, Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery, Cardiovascular- and Thoracic Surgery, Gastroenterological-, Gynaecological- and Urological Surgery
  • Imaging and Interventional Radiology
  • Computed Maxillofacial Imaging
  • Computer Assisted Radiation Therapy
  • Image Guided Navigation Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

Additional events will take place during CARS 2014 in Fukuoka, such as tutorials and hands-on training for biomedical engineers, a full IFCARS/ISCAS clinical day on management of liver tumour as well as the IPCAI and ACCAS annual conferences. Social events will accompany the conference, such as the opening ceremony and a boat cruise in Hakata’s bay. Scholarships are available for helping students and junior researchers to attend the conference.

At the conference, ‘Evaluation of a method using low-radiation dose amplitude gated phase-matched PET-CT images for guided liver biopsy’ by R. Khare, K. Cleary, A. Enquobahrie, P. Kinahan, G. Esposito, and F. Banovac will be presented.

About the presentation:

‘Percutaneous biopsy is a common procedure for staging of cancer. In this procedure, a biopsy needle is inserted through the skin to obtain samples of the suspicious nodule to test for malignancy. This procedure is often carried out under computed tomography (CT) guidance. Sometimes malignant lesions are not well detected or characterize by CT, and the incorporation of functional imaging modalities such as positron emission tomography (PET) can overcome many of the challenges of using CT images. PET imaging can highlight the metabolically active regions of a tumor, which can then be targeted during biopsy. By fusing PET images with CT images during biopsy, more precise tumor screening could be enabled.

However, using fused PET/CT images for image-guided biopsies also suffer from problems related to the physical acquisition of PET images. The acquisition protocol leads to blurring of PET images which, in turn, can lead to incorrect tumor localization and, thus, potentially incorrect cancer staging. In this presentation, we describe an approach for image-guided biopsy using low-radiation dose amplitude gated phase-matched PET/CT images. This approach leads to a lower radiation dose for the patient while obtaining sharper PET/CT images for biopsy guidance. The presentation includes description of our approach in detail and preliminary results using a phantom data.’

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