Tutorial: Medical Image Analysis

Brandon Whitcher, GlaxoSmithKline Clinical Imaging Centre, United Kingdom.
Jörg Polzehl, Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Germany.
Karsten Tabelow, Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Germany.


The field of medical imaging covers a vast range of disciplines and applications. There is a growing collection of open-source software (OSS) solutions for all aspects of data management, processing, analysis and visualization. This tutorial will introduce packages from the Medical Imaging task view and apply them to structural and functional MRI data. A step-by-step introduction will be given using medical imaging data that will be made available for the tutorial.


By the end of the tutorial attendees will be able to:


Intended Audience

R users (statisticians, medical physicists or researchers) with an interest in the quantitative analysis of neuroscience and/or oncology imaging data.


Attendees will require a basic understanding of an interpreted programming language; such as R (preferred) or Matlab. Attendees will also require a basic understanding of statistical methodology; such as summary statistics, hypothesis tests, linear regression, non-linear regression, etc. Basic knowledge of medical imaging (specifically MRI) is an advantage but not necessary.

The tutorial will be interactive and involve the analysis of medical imaging data in real time. In order to participate attendees are required to bring their own laptop with R installed and the packages: oro.dicom, oro.nifti, fmri, dti, dcemriS4 and their dependencies. The data will be made accessible before the conference.

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