Fantastic Voyage: How Image Analysis is Revolutionizing Health Care

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sep 30, 2002) — 

Date: Monday, 10/21/02
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Place: OSC, 1224 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH, 43212

The 1960's film "Fantastic Voyage" with Donald Pleasance and Rachel Welch was science fiction at the time -- but is reality today. Rapid advances in IT and image analysis are transforming the bioscience and medical industries. Many invasive procedures and exploratory surgeries are being replaced by combining computers and data with various sensors and imaging systems (X-ray CT, CAT, SPECT, PET scans, Tesla Magnets and MRI). Another exciting innovation in biomedical imaging is the application of virtual reality in the day-to-day clinical study of human disease. Come and learn how Central Ohio is playing a key roll.

Dr. Don Stredney is Research Scientist for Biomedical Applications, Director of the Interface Lab at OSC (Ohio Supercomputer Center) and a collaborating member at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. A world leader in virtual simulation applications, Don has collaborated on projects with NIDCD, NIOSH, NSF and DOE/ASC, National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine, the National Institute for Drug Addiction, Department of Defense, Medical Army Material Command, Department of Energy, Lockheed Martin, the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Harvard Medical School, Ameritech, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation of the Big Ten and University of Chicago, and Cray Research Inc.

Stredney has developed programs for Virtual Simulation of Temporal Bone Dissection, Visualization of the Heart Through 3-D Reconstruction, Sinus, Brain and Anesthesia related simulations. He will share his exciting multimedia presentation, ìVirtual Simulations: Adopting and Adapting Enabling Technologies to Manage Iterations and Facilitate Collaborations.

Dr. William M. Brown is Chief Scientist, Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In collaboration with other organizations, the directorate develops sensors and image processing systems for air and space surveillance, precision weapons systems, electronic warfare systems, and sighted automation technology for industrial applications and numerous medical applications. AFRL is applying real-time image analysis and automatic interpretation to the life sciences.

Brown has more than 50 years of experience in research, teaching and management, including two decades as the founder and president of the Environmental Research Institute of MichiganĂ³then the world leader in technology for sighted automation. Brown will be speaking on diverse applications of sighted automation, the strong role of defense sponsored R&D in image processing as it applied to the biosciences, and the importance of two new mathematical theories in the associated march of progress over the past two decades.

Advanced registration is required. To register, visit or call 614/255-6064. There is no charge for ITC Members and a $25 fee for Non-ITC Members (cash/check will be accepted at the door).

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Presenting Sponsor: Columbus Technology Council

Co-Sponsor: VIA Group LLC