CARS 2004 Preview
The 18th International Congress and Exhibition of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS) convenes June 23rd through 26th in Chicago. Hosting a number of concurrent conferences, the meeting covers a plethora of medical imaging topics that include computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) and therapy, surgical robotics and instrumentation, PACS (picture archiving and communications systems) and telemedicine.

The four-day event integrates the 8th Annual Conference of the International Society for Computer Aided Surgery (ISCAS), the 10th Computed Maxillofacial Imaging (CMI) Congress, the 6th International Workshop on Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD) and the 2004 International Symposium on Cardiovascular Imaging (CVI).

Participants include radiologists, surgeons, physicians, computer scientists, engineers and physicists. Reknown for its high international participation, CARS brings together medical imaging professionals from more than 45 countries.

In addition to the educational forum, the conference features an industrial and scientific exhibition from Thursday, June 24th to Friday, June 25th, which is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The scientific exhibit includes research institutions that will display innovative and contemporary projects related to CAR, PACS, CAS, CAD, CMI and CVI.

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For early conference goers, CARS has scheduled a number of sessions that focus on medical imaging and image processing and visualization (IPV). The seminars begin at 9 a.m. with a tutorial on medical workstations.

At 5 p.m., the conference opens with a keynote address given by Stanley Baum, MD, professor of radiology at University of Pennsylvania Health System on the "Strategies for the translation of image-guided therapies from the bioengineer's work bench to clinical interventions."


From 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., CARS features a selection of presentations from industry gurus on works-in-progress, new products and services, as well as CARS-related applications. At 11 a.m., representatives from the National Institutes of Health will make a number of announcements. Beginning at 11:15 a.m., the Telemedicine and Advanced Research Center (TATRC) will host a two-hour session that explores the convergence of radiology and surgery and TATRC-related initiatives.

ISCAS begins its annual meeting on Thursday at 8 a.m. with a tutorial on computer-assisted surgery. The day features a number of 15-minute seminars on topics related to surgical simulation and education, surgical navigation and image-guided therapy.

The International Workshop on CAD commences Thursday at 9 a.m. with a tutorial on CAD technology, followed by a list of special sessions dedicated to breast CAD. At 4 p.m., attendees can participate in a panel on the clinical needs and technical requirements for the development of practical CAD systems.

The CMI Congress debuts on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. with sessions relating to new concepts in CMI. At 11:30 a.m., the organization will host a roundtable discussion on the issues surrounding multi-dimensional imaging.

The 2004 interventional symposium on CVI also starts on Thursday in the afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with a variety of sessions revolving around invasive vascular imaging and three-dimensional echocardiography.


Surgical robotics and instrumentation and modeling, implants and rapid prototyping are the themes for ISCAS's seminars on Friday, beginning at 8 a.m. In the afternoon, the organization will focus on topics relating to computer-assisted orthopedic surgery (CAOS).

The International Workshop on CAD plans to highlight applications and issues surrounding thoracic CAD, colon CAD and CAD for liver cancer, intracranial aneurysms and breast cancer. The educational sessions begin at 8 a.m.

The CMI congress will explore both multi-dimensional craniomaxillofacial imaging concepts (MDC) and multi-dimensional craniomaxillofacial imaging applications (MDA) on Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. The 2004 interventional symposium on CVI begins at 8 a.m. and will focus on both multislice computed tomography (MSCT) and advances in cardiovascular MRI and CT. In the afternoon, CARS will host a number of educational sessions that focus on image processing and display.


ISCAS's agenda begins at 8 a.m. with seminars on computer-assisted head, neck and ENT surgery, computer assisted neurosurgery and minimally invasive cardiac, thoracic and abdominal surgery (MICTAS). The sessions begin at 8 a.m.

CARS kicks off its last day with a tutorial on grid computing in medical imaging applications at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., the organization will host a seminar on visualization and virtual reality in medicine. The organization says the seminar will provide an overview of current and evolving advances in volume image visualization and virtual reality in clinical applications. The day will proceed with educational sessions on image management and communication, electronic medical records (EMR), image-guided radiological therapy and workstations and workflow. Together, CARS, SCAR (Society for Computer Applications in Radiology) and PACSnet will host a joint seminar at 1:30 p.m. on PACS strategies and impact. At 4:15, CARS will team up with the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) and feature a joint session on surgical workflow PACS and the OR of the future.