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IBME researchers part of winning team of the international MICCAI 2015 Challenge on Liver Ultrasound Tracking

Congratulations to Andre Hallack Miranda Pureza and Dr Bartek Papiez from the Biomedical Image Analysis (BioMedIA) Laboratory at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), who were part of the Oxford based team who won the MICCAI 2015 Challenge on Liver Ultrasound Tracking. Dr Amalia Cifor, previously BioMedIA, now Mirada was also part of the winning team.

Ultrasound TrackingAndre, who led the challenge team is a final year DPhil student of the CDT in Healthcare Innovation, working under supervision of Professor Julia Schnabel (Visiting Professor in Engineering Science, and former IBME faculty member now at King's College London), Professor Michael Chappell (IBME) and Dr Mark Gooding (Mirada Medical Ltd). Their winning entry entitled: "Robust Liver Ultrasound Tracking using Dense Distinctive Image Features" was selected as the best performing method based on extensive validation using anonymised, independent annotated data sets coming from different research centres from around the world.

The 2015 challenge aimed to compare and benchmark the current state-of-the-art in automated, intensity-based tracking of anatomical landmarks in ultrasound liver sequences. Ultrasound, while being a non-invasive, non-ionising, low-cost and near real-time imaging modality, still requires dedicated fast and accurate motion compensation due to patient breathing, which are necessary to further establish its clinical routine use in image-guided procedures.

MICCAI 2015 Challenge winning team
MICCAI 2015 Challenge Winning Team plus Organisers

The challenge took place during the 18th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) held in Munich, Germany. The MICCAI conference is one of the leading conferences in medical image analysis, with Professor Alison Noble being the current MICCAI society president.

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