The Optical Society Applauds NCI Research on CT Scans for Lung Cancer Detection



MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact:
Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society
+1.202.416.1435
lmeyer@osa.org

The Optical Society Applauds NCI Research on

CT Scans for Lung Cancer Detection

Experts Available to Discuss CT Scans, Lung Cancer Detection

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 –The Optical Society (OSA) today commended the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), both sponsors of the National Lung Screening Trial, for announcing results demonstrating significantly fewer lung cancer deaths among patients screened with Computed Tomography (CT) than patients screened with the traditional method of chest X-rays.  CT scanning is a medical technology that uses X-rays and sophisticated software to create high-resolution, 3-D images of the internal physiology of the human body.

Through its innovative Interactive Scientific Publishing (ISP) initiative, OSA supports medical researchers and instrument technologists developing new approaches to CT with the goal of improving the performance of these revolutionary tools in a variety of diagnostic tests.  Developed in partnership with the National Library of Medicine at NIH, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Kitware Inc., ISP accelerates the introduction of new diagnostic procedures by providing researchers and clinicians with software for publishing and interactively viewing 2-D and 3-D source data—such as CT scans—allowing scientists to objectively compare the performance of different technologies.  To achieve this, ISP provides researchers with access to a large collection of open source annotated CT scans, a free 3-D visualization application that obtains images from a Web-based image archive database called MIDAS, and links to peer reviewed publications that describe the source data and the scientific conclusions supported by the data.

“Since OSA and its partners launched ISP two years ago, we have seen a dramatic increase in the quality of 3-D image datasets accompanying biomedical optics research,” said Thomas Baer, 2009 OSA president and executive director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center. “OSA has published a number of scientific articles and a special journal issue specifically focusing on developing CT technology for early detection of lung cancer.  It is exciting to see the NCI’s study validate the effectiveness of CT scans as a diagnostic tool.  I congratulate the NCI for completing this paradigm-changing study demonstrating the effectiveness of using CT scanning to reduce the mortality rate of lung cancer.”

The following experts in CT scanning technology, lung cancer imaging or ISP are available to reporters and editors:

CT scanning:

Rick Avila
Kitware, Inc.
Clifton Park, N.Y.
518.371.3971 ext. 123
rick.avila@kitware.com

Lung cancer imaging:

James Mulshine
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago
312.942.3589
james_l_mulshine@rush.edu

Interactive Science Publishing:

Thomas Baer
Stanford Photonics Research Center
Stanford, Calif.
650.723.4406
tmbaer@stanford.edu

In addition to ISP, OSA has been working to accelerate progress in using CT scans to detect lung cancer through its partnership with the Prevent Cancer Institute, through the publication of a monograph titled Quantitative Imaging Tools for Lung Cancer Drug Assessment, and through a special issue of its open access journal Optics Express featuring research on Imaging in Diagnosis and Treatment of Lung Cancer.  ISP was launched in 2008, allowing improved data for medical images, such as those taken with X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds, or in research involving oil and gas exploration, climatology, pollution monitoring and many other fields. For more information on ISP, visit http://www.opticsinfobase.org/isp.cfm.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sample ISP datasets of CT scans are available from the experts listed above.  For additional information, contact Lyndsay Meyer, at OSA, 202.416.1435 or lmeyer@osa.org.

 

 

Share:
Keyword
Topics

Optics Leaders Announced as Visionary Speakers for 2017 FIO + LS Meeting

The Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FIO + LS) conference and exhibition provides a venue for leaders in the optics and photonics community to discuss the latest advances in the field. In 2017, the FIO + LS meeting has been thoughtfully redesigned and revised, offering attendees the best of past meetings while adding innovative elements to this year’s meeting. A new speaker category of visionary speakers have been added and will deliver presentations around the four conference themes

Added: 20 Jul 2017


Researchers Look Inside Dangerous Blood Clots with Optical Clearing Technique

A new technique that makes blood clots optically clear is allowing researchers to use powerful optical microscopy techniques to study the 3D structure of dangerous clots for the first time. Although blood clots stop bleeding after injury, clots that block blood flow can cause strokes and heart attacks.

Added: 17 Jul 2017


New Imaging Technique Fast Enough to Watch Molecular Dynamics Involved in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Researchers have developed a fast and practical molecular-scale imaging technique that could let scientists view never-before-seen dynamics of biological processes involved in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Added: 13 Jul 2017


OSA Members Host Photonics Facility Tour for Congressman Charlie Dent

During the recent District Work Week, Representative Charlie Dent (R - Pa) toured the Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics (CPN) and the Smith Family Laboratory for Optical Technologies, Lehigh University, PA. The tour was arranged by OSA members Nelson Tansu, the Daniel E. ’39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor and Director of the CPN and Sean Anderson, a Photonics Engineer at Cisco.

Added: 12 Jul 2017


OSA’s Optics & Photonics News Wins 2017 APEX Award

OSA Publishing is pleased to announce that the staff of Optics & Photonics News (OPN), The Optical Society’s news and member magazine, has received a 2017 APEX Grand Award for publication excellence. The award honors a series of four commemorative booklets that the OPN team developed to highlight 100 years of The Optical Society.

Added: 11 Jul 2017


The Optical Society Announces 2017 OSA Optical Design & ​Fabrication Congress Highlights

Optical design and fabrication play an ever-increasing role in our modern society as more applications for optics are developed, especially in the areas of imaging, sensing and illumination systems. Advances in optical design and fabrication have led to the ability to utilize modern design tools to reduce cost, augment manufacturability, and enhance system performance in a wide variety applications.

Added: 05 Jul 2017


LASER World of Photonics 2017 Closes in Munich with a Record Number of Exhibitors and Attendees

WASHINGTON — The LASER World of Photonics Congress, a conference and exhibition co-sponsored by The Optical Society (OSA), attracted a record number of exhibitors and attendees over a four day period in Munich, Germany. The meeting was held in conjunction with CLEO/Europe – EQEC 2017 and the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO 2017) from 25-29, June 2017.

Added: 03 Jul 2017


OSA Imaging & Applied Optics Congress Focuses on Breakthrough Imaging Innovations

The 2017 OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress (AIO/IS) concluded in San Francisco, California with nearly 350 attendees and more than 250 presentations from covering the diverse optical imaging industry. Research highlights included novel imaging optical imaging industry, innovative and collaborative applications and the future of imaging, as well as topical symposia highlighting advancements in 3D Image Acquisition and Display: Technology, Perception and Applications, Applied Industrial Optics, Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging, Imaging Systems and Applications, Mathematics in Imaging, Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena.

Added: 30 Jun 2017


Seeing the Forest Through the Trees with a New LiDAR System

Shortly after lasers were first developed in the 1960s, LiDAR – whose name originated as a combination of “light” and “radar” – capitalized on the newly unique precision they offered for measuring both time and distance. LiDAR quickly became the standard method for (3-D) land surveys and is now used in a multitude of sensing applications, such as self-driving cars.

Added: 27 Jun 2017


Moisture-Responsive ‘Robots’ Crawl with No External Power Source

Using an off-the-shelf camera flash, researchers turned an ordinary sheet of graphene oxide into a material that bends when exposed to moisture. They then used this material to make a spider-like crawler and claw robot that move in response to changing humidity without the need for any external power.

Added: 26 Jun 2017


OSA to Host an Incubator Meeting on Materials for Optomechanical Actuation

Incubator meeting to provide a collaborative forum for problem-solving optomechanical materials challenges.

Added: 25 Jun 2017


New Screen Coating Makes Reading in Sunlight a Lot Easier. The Secret? Moth Eyes.

Screens on even the newest phones and tablets can be hard to read outside in bright sunlight. Inspired by the nanostructures found on moth eyes, researchers have developed a new antireflection film that could keep people from having to run to the shade to look at their mobile devices.

Added: 22 Jun 2017