2008 IGT Project Week

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The first IGT Hands-on Project Week, modeled after the NA-MIC Project weeks, was held during the week of December 8th, 2008 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The main goal of the event was to share hands-on expertise between NCIGT and collaborators. The event was setup to maximize informal interaction between participants.

Active preparation began several weeks prior to the meeting with several group and individual email and telephone exchanges with potential participants. The event itself started with a short presentation by each project team, driven using their previously created description, and allowed all participants to be acquainted with others who are doing similar work. In the rest of the week, most of the time was spent in project teams, doing hands-on programming, MR pulse sequence development, Ultrasound data analysis, algorithm design, and technology brainstorming. To facilitate this work, several rooms were setup with internet and power access, navigation demonstrations were setup, and time was booked on MR scanners at the Brigham, to allow each time to work on their projects. On the last day of the event, a closing presentation session is held in which each project team presents a summary of what they accomplished during the week.

In this event 44 participants -- 34 from BWH and 10 external collators (from 8 institutions - Georgetown, Yale, JHU, U Michigan, Wakeforest, WPI, Kitware, and Acousticmed) -- worked collaboratively on 11 projects in image-guided therapy.


Dates: Monday, December 8th to Friday, December 12th

Location: Monday's activities will take place in Room BC-4-004 F at the Ledge Building, located at 1 Brigham Circle, Boston MA. (Directions to this room from the entrance of 1 Brigham Circle: to get to the 4th floor conference Room BC4-004 F, take the elevator to the 4th floor. Take a right off the elevator. Go through 2 sets of doors, once you go through the second set, take a right, it is the 3rd door down on your left hand side.) Rest of the week will be at the SPL facility at 1249 Boylston Street, Boston MA (Directions) (See here for information about area hotels.)

IGT Project Week is a hands-on event that will involve various scientific, clinical, and engineering activities that are part of building image-guided therapy systems. Please note that is not a week long session of lectures and/or slide presentations. Instead, active researchers in the field will gather for a week to get actual work done on projects that they have identified ahead of time. A fair amount of effort will be put into phone calls between the hosts and the participants in the month leading upto the event to ensure that every participant belongs to a project that makes sense to be pursued in such a collaborative setting. Depending on the needs of the projects, the hosts, NCIGT at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will reserve time at appropriate research imaging and therapy equipment.

Before the event, individual phone calls/meetings will be held with confirmed participants to review the scope of the work that they will collaboratively pursue during this week. The event itself will start with short presentation by each project team to allows all participants to be acquainted with others who are doing similar work. In the rest of the week, most of the time will be spent doing hands-on programming, imaging, algorithm design, phantom or animal experiments or other validation in small project teams. Given that this is the first stand-alone IGT event of this kind, we expect to have about 5-10 teams of size 3-4 each. To facilitate this work, a conference room will be setup with several tables, with internet and power access, to allow teams to either work on their own laptops. Based on the project requirements, times will also be reserved on the research imaging equipment and therapy equipment at Brigham and Women's Hospital. On the last day of the event, a closing presentation session will be held in which each project team will present a summary of what they accomplished during the week.

This event is modeled after the NA-MIC Project Week and its main goal is to foster a hand-on image-guided therapy systems community. The first event is being organized by NCIGT and several other NIH funded grants, and the outcome at this meeting will determine the format and frequency of future events. Unfortunately, no travel support is available from NCIGT for this event; it must be sponsored by their host institution/grant.

If you are interested in joining this event, please send an email to Tina Kapur: tkapur at bwh.harvard.edu


This is a working list of projects for this week.

  1. Fast Imaging Library (Scott Hoge,Bob Kraft)
  2. Nonrigid MR-ULS Registration Algorithms for Neurosurgery, Prostate MRgFUS and Brachytherapy (Matt Toews, Sandy Wells, Michel Audette, Tina Kapur, Nathan McDannold, Ben Schwartz, Steve Haker)
  3. Dynamic control of the MRI acquisition (Ben Schwartz, Nathan McDannold, Scott Hoge)
  4. RF Ablation System (Ziv Yaniv Georgetown, Noby Hata, Paul Morrison)
  5. Volume Rendering for IGT using CUDA (Xenios Papademeteris, John Onofrey, Noby Hata, Steve Pieper, Isaiah Norton)
  6. Realtime Tractography for Neurosurgery:VVLINK(Xenios Papademeteris, Noby Hata, Haiying Liu, Isaiah Norton, Jean-Jacques Lemaire, Madeline, Steve Pieper )
  7. Tractography for Neurosurgery: Workflow feedback(Isaiah Norton, Jean-Jacques Lemaire, Haiying Liu, Steve Pieper )
  8. Prostate Robotics (Junichi Tokuda, Noby Hata, Clif Burdette, Jack Blevins, Clare Tempany,Sam Song, Bong Joon Cho, Greg Fisher, Roland Görlitz)
  9. Work-flow based Slicer Module for IGT application (Andinet Enquobahrie, Noby Hata, Steve Pieper)
  10. Optimal Transseptal Puncture Location for RF cardiac ablation (Jayender Jagadeesan, Raul San Jose, Noby Hata, Greg Michaud)
  11. Neurosurgical Planning and Simulation (Michel Audette, Andinet Enquobahrie)



Please note that Monday's session will be held at The Ledge Building located at One Brigham Circle Room BC-4-004 F

  • 1:30-3:30pm: Presentation of all Projects by Project Leaders Using the descriptions below (#Projects)
  • 3:30pm - 430pm: Prostate breakout session
  • 3:30-5pm: Start Project Work


Please note that the rest of the week will be held at the 2nd floor conference room, 1249 Boylston Street.

  • 9am: Breakfast
  • 9am-noon: Work
  • noon: lunch
  • 1-5pm: Work
  • 3pm: coffee


  • 9am: Breakfast
  • 9am-noon: Work
  • 10-noon: Radiation Therapy Collaboration Discussion with James Balter
  • noon: lunch
  • 1pm: Journal Club Talk: James Balter, University of Michigan: "Finding the truth: Surrogates and Sampling for Setup and monitoring of treatment" Abstract
  • 2-5pm: Work
  • 3pm: coffee


  • 9am: Breakfast
  • 9am-noon: Work
  • noon: lunch
  • 1-5pm: Work
  • 3pm: coffee
  • 720pm: Mockup MR-guided Prostate Biopsy (221 Longwood)


  • 9am: Breakfast
  • 10am: Review of Progress
  • 12pm: adjourn


  1. Ziv Yaniv, Georgetown - Monday 11:00pm-Wednesday 3pm
  2. Andinet Enquobahrie, Kitware- Monday 1:30pm-Tuesday 5pm
  3. Michel Audette, Kitware - Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  4. Xenios Papademetris, Yale- Monday 1:30pm-Tuesday 5pm.
  5. John Onofrey, Yale-Monday 1:30pm-Tuesday 5pm
  6. Sandy Wells, BWH- Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  7. Tina Kapur, BWH - Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  8. Matt Toews, BWH - Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  9. Noby Hata, BWH - Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  10. Steve Pieper, BWH - Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  11. Katie Hayes, BWH - Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  12. Scott Hoge, BWH - Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  13. Nathan McDannold, BWH - Mon
  14. Ben Schwartz, BWH - Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri
  15. Ron Kikinis, BWH- Monday 1:30pm-Thursday 5pm
  16. Clare Tempany, BWH- Monday 1:30pm-3:30pm
  17. Ferenc Jolesz, BWH- Monday 1:30pm-3:30pm
  18. Junichi Tokuda, BWH - Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  19. Haiying Liu, BWH- Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  20. Greg Fischer, WPI- Monday-Thursday (only late afternoons and evening)
  21. Jack Blevins, AcousticMed Systems- Monday 1:30pm-Thursday 5pm
  22. Bong Joon Cho (Nathan), JHU- Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  23. Sam Song, JHU- Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  24. Andriy Fedorov, BWH/W&M- Monday 1:30pm-Wednesday
  25. Haytham Elhawary, BWH- Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  26. Bob Kraft, Wake Forest Univ- Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  27. James Balter, U Michigan- Wednesday 9am-Thursday 4pm
  28. Paul Morrison, BWH - Monday, Tuesday afternoon, Wed morning
  29. Jayender, BWH - Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  30. Madeline Seeland, BWH - Monday 1:30pm-Friday noon
  31. Raul San Jose Estepar, BWH - Mon, Tue, Thursday
  32. Yanmei Tei, BWH - Mon
  33. Wentao Wu, BWH - Mon
  34. Jean-Jacques Lemaire, BWH - Mon, Tue, Friday
  35. Nikos Chrisochoides, W&M - Monday 1:30pm-Wednesday
  36. Isaiah Norton, Mon, Tue&Thur: most of the day; Wed. afternoon
  37. Ehud Schmidt, Mon
  38. Roland Görlitz, Mon 1:30pm-Friday noon
  39. Nicu Archip, Monday
  40. Florin Talos, Monday
  41. Alexandra Golby, Monday, Friday
  42. Roland Goerlitz, Mon-Fri
  43. Robert Cormack, Wednesday