Colloquium: Kyle J. Myers

    Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    Kyle J. Myers, Ph.D. 1985, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will present "Regulatory Science Challenges in Medical Imaging."


    A wide variety of advanced medical imaging systems are under development by academia and industry with a broad range of performance characteristics and intended uses. New methods for supporting image interpretation using computer-aided diagnosis algorithms are also being developed for a broad range of diseases, organs and imaging modalities. The evaluation of imaging devices and computer-aided diagnosis algorithms presents unique challenges owing to the large data sets involved and the need to consider the role of the human reader. This talk will discuss these challenges and the role of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s imaging research program in bringing new medical imaging technologies to U.S. patients.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Kyle J. Myers received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Occidental College in 1980 and a Ph.D. in optical sciences from the University of Arizona in 1985. Following a postdoc at the University of Arizona, she worked in the research labs of Corning Inc. for a year. Since 1987 she has worked for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she is currently the director of the Division of Imaging and Applied Mathematics in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories. In this capacity she serves as the director for CDRH research programs in medical imaging and diagnostics; specific projects include: digital X-ray image acquisition systems, model and human observer evaluation methodologies, medical display devices, bone sonometry and ultrasonic tissue characterization, digital pathology, computer-aided diagnostics, and multivariate statistical assessment methodologies. She is a fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), SPIE and AIMBE and a member of the Medical Image Perception Society. She has served as co-chair and co-organizer of conferences and short courses for these and other organizations, such as the IEEE Medical Imaging Conference, the International Conference on Information Processing in Medical Imaging and the Medical Image Perception Conference. She has also served as chair of multiple National Institutes of Health workshops on medical imaging. Along with Harrison H. Barrett, she is the coauthor of "Foundations of Image Science," published by John Wiley and Sons in 2004 and winner of the First Biennial J.W. Goodman Book Writing Award from OSA and SPIE.