Colloquium: “Pixels to Diagnosis: How to design, develop and evaluate a medical image analysis system?” September 12, 2018, at 4PM

Dr.  Metin Gurcan – Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
George P. Williams, Jr. Lecture Hall, (Olin 101)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 4:00 PM

There will be a reception with refreshments at 3:30 PM in the lounge. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend.


Increased interest in medical imaging has resulted in development of a variety of image analysis systems. Many of these systems follow the ‘computer-aided diagnosis’ paradigm. In this paradigm, the main function of the image analysis system is to help medical professionals (e.g. radiologists, pathologists, dermatologists) in their decision-making, instead of making decisions on their behalf. If a system is designed to help medical professionals, its logic, development methodology and evaluation should make sense to the medical professionals who use them.

In this talk, we will describe how to develop an image analysis system, its modular blocks, how to translate medical knowledge into algorithms, how to supplement this knowledge with pattern recognition methods, and how to evaluate them with carefully designed reader studies in which medical professionals with varying levels of experience participate as readers.