IRL Scientific Retreat Program


Sept. 24, 2009, Douglas Room, UW Center for Horticulture

SESSION I – 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Moderators: Kyle Champley and Shan Tong

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Overview: Research in the Imaging Research Laboratory
Thomas K. Lewellen, Director, Nuclear Medicine Physics Group

9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.   
Welcome and Overview: The Department of Radiology
Norman J. Beauchamp, Jr., MD, MHS, Chair, Department of Radiology

9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Quiescent period gating for PET/CT
Chi Liu, Senior Fellow

9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Considerations for using PET as a response measure in multicenter clinical trials
Robert K. Doot, Senior Fellow

10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
FPGA-based pulse parameter discovery for positron emission tomography
Michael Haselman, Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Registration based solution for MRI-based attenuation correction PET/MRI brain imaging
Serena Fabbri, Visiting Scientist, Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy

BREAK - 10:30 to 11 a.m.

SESSION II – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Moderators: Chi Liu and Serena Fabbri

11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Introduction to ASIM 2.1.1: A PET analysis simulation

Brian Elston, Senior Computer Specialist

11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
A high resolution, monolithic crystal, PET detector with DOI positioning capability
Xiaoli Li, Graduate Student, Physics

11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Evaluation of noise properties in PSF-based PET image reconstruction
Shan Tong, Senior Research Fellow

11:45 a.m. to Noon.
Human subjects research and institutional review board approval at the 
University of Washington
Jenine Yager, Research Coordinator

Noon to 12:15 p.m.
Whither SimSET?
Robert Harrison, Research Scientist

12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Flexible Time

LUNCH - 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

SESSION III – 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Moderators: Robert Doot and Xiaoli Li
1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Rectangular dMiCE breast PET scanner
Kyle Champley, Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering

1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Temperature dependence of scintillation camera signals read out by Geiger-Müller mode APDs

William C. J. Hunter, Senior Fellow

2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Design of a real-time, FPGA-based 3-dimensional positioning algorithm
Nathan Johnson-Williams, Graduate Student, Electrical Engineering

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Determining block detector positions for PET scanners
Larry A. Pierce II, Research Scientist

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Limits of ultra-low dose CT attenuation correction for PET/CT
Paul E. Kinahan. Research Professor and Director PET/CT Physics in conjunction with 

Ting Xia, Graduate Student, Bioengineering

2:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Flexible Time

BREAK - 3 to 3:30 p.m.

SESSION IV – 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Moderators: Larry Pierce and William C. J. Hunter

3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Design of MR compatible PET systems
Thomas K. Lewellen, Research Professor and Director, Nuclear Medicine Physics Group

3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Educational tool for estimation of effective radiation dose from clinical CT
Adam M. Alessio, Research Assistant Professor

4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
PET NEC for 7, 15, and 30 cm axial field of view scanners
Lawrence R. MacDonald, Research Assistant Professor

4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

Awards Presentation & Closing

Paul E. Kinahan, Research Professor and Director, PET/CT Physics

4:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Networking