From Cells to Galaxies: Imaging Challenges in Astronomy and Medicine - Introductory Overview

September 21, 2021

From Cells to Galaxies: Imaging Challenges in Astronomy and Medicine - Introductory Overview

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is hosting a Virtual Speaker Series titled "From Cells to Galaxies – Exploring the Synergies between Radio Astronomy and Medical Imaging". This is a crossover meeting between medical imaging and radio interferometry with the goal of fostering a dialogue/knowledge transfer between the two research communities and looking for collaboration opportunities. While this meeting was originally scheduled to be held in-person in May 2020, the event has been reorganized as a series of talks held virtually from September 2021 - March 2022 followed by a face to face event in the Spring of 2022.

The talk series is free, but you will need to register to participate. The link for registration is

The first session will be held on September 15, 2021: Introductory Overview

Speaker: Neb Duric, University of Rochester Medical School

While radio astronomy and medical radiology occupy opposite ends of the imaging scale, they share some remarkable similarities. First, both rely on the detection and processing of digitized (raw) signals. Secondly, both use complex reconstruction algorithms to form images. Thirdly, the systems studied in radio astronomy and medicine are of comparable size when measured in terms of resolving power (beam width). Finally, both disciplines face similar challenges with computational costs, management of large data sets and the need for automated image interpretation. Despite these similarities, the evolution of imaging science in the two disciplines has proceeded on separate, non-intersecting paths. Thus, the respective innovations in imaging have remained largely separated.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the similarities and differences in imaging methods in order to kick off the meeting whose goal is to identify challenges and opportunities for collaborations between astronomers and medical imagers. The ultimate goal of this meeting is to (i) expose innovations across the two disciplines, (ii) identify areas of overlap and (iii) put into motion practical applications that can further advance each field through the formation of inter-disciplinary collaborative groups.

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