1. International Workshop on Tissue Phantoms and Standardization in Biophotonics at University of Maryland, May 21, 2014

    International Workshop on Tissue Phantoms and Standardization in Biophotonics at University of Maryland, May 21, 2014

    Free Registration is Online by clicking HERE (Deadline: 5/15/2014)

    Workshop Co-Sponsor

    IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society

    Workshop Co-Chairs:

    • Yu Chen, University of Maryland, College Park
    • Joshua Pfefer, Food and Drug Administration
    • Maritoni Litorja, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Organizing Committee Members:

    • Anant Agrawal, Food and Drug Administration
    • Albert Cerussi, University of California, Irvine
    • Robert Nordstrom, National Institutes of Health
    • Brian Pogue, Dartmouth College
    • Jessica Romella-Roman, Florida International University

    Confirmed Speakers:

    • Neil Ogden, General Surgery Devices Branch Chief, FDA
    • Bradley Cunningham, Diagnostic and Surgical Devices Branch, FDA
    • Joshua Pfefer, FDA
    • Brian Pogue, Dartmouth College
    • Albert Cerussi, UC Irvine
    • Jessica Romella-Roman, Florida International University
    • Sergio Fantini, Tufts University
    • Heidrun Wabnitz, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany
    • Vassilis Ntziachristos, Technische Universität München, Germany
    • Maritoni Litorja, NIST
    • Gadi Wollstein, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    The conference will be held at the University of Maryland College Park MD.

    The primary objective of the proposed scientific exchange and conference program is to facilitate development of phantom-based test methods, build a foundation upon which rigorous, least burdensome consensus standards can be achieved and ensure FDA’s readiness to evaluate innovative and emerging optical imaging technologies.

    A number of key challenges will be addressed in the proposed workshop. Currently, there is a general lack of knowledge in the biophotonics field regarding international consensus standards, including their importance and the extent and type of effort required for their development. Greater understanding and appreciation will likely lead to an increase in the amount and improvements in the quality of standards-relevant research being performed. In developing a set of phantom-based test methods, there is a need to identify a limited set of the most important characteristics to test for (e.g., spatial resolution, penetration depth, oxygenation level, etc.). Characteristics proposed in the literature and prior standards will be described. It will also be important to identify and characterize the optical properties of component materials for phantoms as well as establish the link between phantom results and clinical effectiveness. There is also a need to identify the optimal materials and methods for phantom construction for different optical techniques. Research towards characterizing and modifying turbid materials will also be important.

    The main goals of this program are:

    1. To educate researchers on regulatory science needs in standardization, as well as the role of standardization outside of regulatory science (device development, industry, clinical)
    2. To educate researchers on the pathways to standardization as exemplified by conventional medical imaging modalities (phantom development, consensus formation, guidance document formulation and publication, standards document development, periodic re-visions)
    3. Educate researchers on current efforts of standards bodies in biophotonics (safety standards, pulse oximetry, endoscope standards, new OCT, NIRS standards development)
    4. To facilitate discussion regarding approaches that would be appropriate for inclusion into these documents
    5. To develop consensus on materials and methods (including performance characteristics, figures of merit, data processing steps) for phantoms instrumental for quantitative analysis, evaluation and validation of optical imaging devices, as a foundation for standards documents To address key optical imaging devices technologies, including optical coherence tomography (OCT), diffuse optical spectroscopy/hyperspectral imaging, and fluorescence molecular imaging systems.

    This Event is For: Public

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    For More Information click HERE or contact: Ann Anonsen aanonsen@umd.edu

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