Colloquium: Kevin Parker

    Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    "Imaging the Elastic Properties of Tissue"


    After 20 years of innovation in techniques that specifically image the biomechanical properties of tissue, the evolution of elastographic imaging can be viewed from its infancy, through a proliferation of approaches to the problem, to incorporation in research and then clinical imaging platforms. Ultimately this activity has culminated in clinical trials and improved care for patients. This remarkable progression represents a leading example of translational research that begins with fundamentals of science and engineering and progresses to needed improvements in diagnostic and monitoring capabilities applied to major categories of disease, surgere and interventional procedures. This review summarizes the fundamental principles and the timeline of developments in major categories of elastographic imaging and concludes with recent results from clinical trials and forward-looking issues.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Kevin J. Parker earned his graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served at the University of Rochester as professor, department chair, director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound and dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research is in image processing and medical imaging, and he is a fellow of IEEE, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Acoustical Society of America and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is an inventor or a pioneer in a number of enterprises, including the field of sonoelastography and the international conference series in that area, the Blue Noise Mask, and VirtualScopics Inc. Parker has over 160 journal publications and dozens of U.S. and international patents.