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This meeting was successfully held on October 19-20, 2006, with over 75 registered attendees. A summary white paper has been accepted for publication in a Neuroimage Special Issue, and a pointer will be made available here shortly.

Registration and Attendee List

Registration Fee: US $250.00 payable onsite only by check payable to "BWPO Radiology" or cash. We can not accept credit cards, or payments before the meeting.

Registration: Registration for this workshop is quite simple. To register, please follow two steps:

  1. Create an account for yourself on this wiki by clicking here Special:Userlogin
  2. After creating the account, go to the 2006 IGT Workshop Attendee List and add your name, Institution, an email address, and the name of the breakout session you will be attending on Friday.


The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers developing Image-Guided Therapy (IGT) systems for a 2-day workshop to share their recent advances and to identify synergies in future strategy. The intent of the workshop is to foster community-based development, to share best practices in engineering such systems, to identify gaps in the engineering infrastructure available to IGT researchers, and ultimately to facilitate the transfer of technology among NIH-sponsored research centers.

In this program, we define IGT systems as the integrated devices for therapy delivery that incorporate intra-operative medical imaging, navigation, or robotics. In the lectures and breakout groups of this two-day workshop, we plan to:

  1. discuss system architectures currently used in IGT systems
  2. identify challenges in the design and implementation of IGT systems
  3. identify gaps in the engineering infrastructure available to IGT researchers
  4. identify opportunities and mechanisms for sharing low-level components and high-level architectural design patterns, and
  5. identify opportunities for the National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT, http://www.ncigt.org) to help address these challenges and develop an open system architecture as part of its function as a biotechnology resource for the Image-Guided Therapy community.

The workshop will concentrate on the computer science and engineering aspects of such systems, as the clinical aspects have been covered in previous NIH-related workshops. The agenda will include plenary talks that will review technical aspects of IGT as well as breakout sessions in which the participants will concentrate on issues raised by the talks.

Background on this workshop: The initial idea of this workshop was developed in ad-hoc meetings with collaborators across institutions including Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, UNC, NIH, GE Global Research, Kitware Inc., and Brigham and Women's Hospital. The Program Committee welcomed and encouraged suggestions from the IGT community on the content of this workshop until mid July, 2006, when the program was finalized.


We would like to gratefully acknowledge our industry sponsors whose financial support is helping us keep the registration fee low.

  • GE Healthcare
  • Siemens Corporate Research (SCR)
  • Northern Digital (NDI)
  • Medtronic Navigation
  • Brainlab
  • Acoustic Med

If your company would like to sponsor the workshop, please send an email to tkapur at bwh.harvard.edu for additional information.

Hotel Logistics

Date: October 19-20 (Thursday-Friday), 2006.

Location/Hotel: The Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Phone number: +1 (301) 468-1100. Room rates for the meeting were US $166/night (+ applicable taxes) for reservations made prior to September 29, 2006 12am using the group code "BRI". After that date, rates revert to the regular ($300+/nt) and we are unable to get the hotel to release additional rooms at the lower rate.

Please note that the conference hotel only has rooms blocked for October 19th night. If you are need accommodation for additional nights, a conveniently located area hotel is the Ramada Inn, 1775 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. Phone (301) 881-2300.

Subway Information

Subway Map

  • Directions from Washington Reagan International Airport (DCA) to the Doubletree Hotel:
    • Take the Yellow Line to Gallery Place
    • At Gallery Place, switch to the Red Line (going toward Shady Grove)
    • Get off at Twinbrook; the Doubletree is across the street

Program Committee

Ferenc Jolesz, M.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the Workshop Chair. The program committee includes:

  • Kevin Cleary, Ph.D., Georgetown
  • Peter Kazanzides, Ph.D, Johns Hopkins
  • Keyvan Farahani, Ph.D., NIH
  • Bill Lorensen, M.S, GE Global Research
  • Stephen Aylward, Ph.D., UNC, Kitware Inc.
  • Randy Ellis, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Ron Kikinis, M.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Clare Tempany, M.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital

Organizing Committee

  • Simon DiMaio, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Noby Hata, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Dan Kacher, M.S., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Eigil Samset, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Tina Kapur, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • William M. Wells, Ph.D, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Marianna Jakab, M.S., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Debbie O'Shea Begley, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Workshop Coordinator
  • Katie Mastrogiacomo, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Workshop Staff


The agenda for the meeting is available here as PDF and MS WORD documents.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Friday, October 20, 2006

For Program and Organizing Committee:

  • 3:30-4:30pm: Data gathering and documentation planning

Community Links


Related links contributed by Ziv Yaniv


For further information about the program please contact: Tina Kapur (tkapur at bwh.harvard.edu)

For further information about the registration please contact : Debbie O'Shea Begley (djo at bwh.harvard.edu)

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the workshop, please contact: Marianna Jakab (marianna at bwh.harvard.edu)