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ISCT Symposium 2015 Recap

Posted by David Harns

Jun 10, 2015 1:26:00 PM

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ISCT AttendeesAfter attending for the first time, I can see why the International Society for Computed Tomography (ISCT) Symposium is regarded as the top CT conference in the world. With workshops before and after the conference as well as 170 presentations throughout, this event did not fall short in its promise to “provide attendees with the tools, technologies, and best practices [they] need to accomplish [their] goals.”

The speaking portions of the symposium were delivered in 9-minute time slots. This not only allowed more speakers to participate, but created a dynamic where every minute counted. Presentations were incisive, streamlined, and focused directly on the most valuable takeaways from each topic.

 

Below is a snapshot of the wide range of topics covered by this year's experts:

Sunday: 

Technical Developments

  • Iterative Reconstruction (IR) 
  • Metal artifact reduction
  • Bone removal 
  • Dual-energy CT- applications for liver, pancreas, renal masses, bowels, trauma
  • Dual-energy CT- practical tips/ pitfalls for artifacts, post-processing, workflow
  • Breast CT 
  • Mobile CT in ambulances
  • New product offerings for low-cost CT systems
  • Dual-layer detectors
  • XR-29 compliance/ impact / Joint Commission standards

Clinical Acquisition Protocols

  • Arriving at sub-mSv dose levels without compromising image quality
  • FBP (filter back projection) vs. partial IR vs. Full IR
  • Reducing image noise using IR without affecting image quality
  • Radiologists' diagnostic performance learning curve using IR
  • Whole body CT vs conventional selective-imaging CT in polytrauma

 

ISCT welcome signMonday:

Applications

  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Oncology 

Image Processing

  • PACS systems
  • Optimal acquisitions for 3D anatomic printing 

 

Tuesday:

Applications

  • Pediatric
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Pulmonary studies

 

Wednesday:

Applications

  • Brain
  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid
  • Vascular
  • Cardiac

 

Given the opportunity to interact with the world’s top CT experts on a wide variety of subjects, attendees were able to spend their time truly focused on the specifics that matter most to them. Whether that was witnessing the competition at the 13th annual Workstation Face-Off, or learning techniques to reduce radiation exposure while maintaining image quality, or hearing about current methods for cardiac CT in the clinical setting, a wealth of information was on hand.

If you have a hand in the world of CT and are looking for more valuable resources to expand your knowledge, make plans for next year’s symposium from June 20-23, 2016.

BONUS: On top of all the informative content, ISCT was held at the Hyatt Regency, set against the scenic beauty of San Francisco Bay, the Oakland Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Island. Take a peek at the pictures below for a view from the hotel: 

San Francisco during the day

San Francisco at night

Written by David Harns

author of blog post

Topics: Imaging Industry Meetings, CT Scanner

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