Synergy between technologists and clinicians
The European Medical Imaging meeting place took place at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London last week.
Across the two days at MediSens, delegates heard about imaging and sensing of light, particles, and acoustics in a wide range of clinical scenarios from diagnostics, through surgical planning and into therapy. Speakers came from around the UK and across Europe, each providing their perspective on state-of-the-art technologies; where the next major challenges lie; and enabling us to assemble a tentative roadmap for the future.
“The MediSens conference is a very impressive meeting for me, which included views from industrial, clinical and academic fields.” Senior Physicst, Elekta Instrument
A key message from one of the conference Chairs Phil Marsden of Unitive Design was that “We have to be careful, both as technologists and clinicians. A medical device is not the sum total of its parts: there are standards of care to consider, usability, resistance to change which may be well founded in complex clinical pathways, health economics, specific local healthcare ecosystems, national policy and regulatory frameworks.”
Presentations on the first conference day, centered around diagnostics in a range of clinical needs and modalities from lung endoscopy to mammography; from multi-modal gamma imaging to machine learning in diagnostics. We heard from Tony Newman-Sanders of NHS England, that they are working on their roadmap for AI and it was clear from this presentation and other discussions that deep learning will certainly play a role and start complimenting the work of clinicians.
“Excellently organised event with a great cross-section of disciplines represented (medical device manufacturers, clinical specialists, physical scientists) and plenty of opportunities to network.” CEO, vivaMOS Ltd
A main discussions themes at MediSens revolved around the role of image quality, both in cancer diagnosis and in treatment, where the content of the image plays an important role. Clinicians would like to see quantification of images and take intelligence and measurements of intrinsic tissue properties from images, which means that we can’t just consider technology and physics, but also need to look at the underlying biology.
“There was a very good variety of talks and a good mixture of technology-oriented and application-oriented of talks and attendees. This opened up lots of opportunities for interesting discussions.” CEO, IMASENIC
The take away message from Dr Dimitra Darambara of the ICR, in her closing remarks, was that to move forward we need synergy between all parties, since there is a plethora of complex multidimensional data sets out there and the technical community needs to get the right information out there to help the clinicians.
“I found the MediSens Conference extremely interesting as it covered many topics of current interest to the medical physics community.” Consultant Medical Physicist, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
“MediSens brings experts in clinical, academic and industrial backgrounds together to educate each other and to try to find ways to move forwards in medical imaging for better patient diagnostics, treatment and outcomes.” Pauline Brown, Business Architect, Unitive Design & Analysis
“Very nice event in the field of medical imaging as it is small enough to have great networking sessions. The participants have very broad area of expertise which is very interesting.” Marjorie Villien, Market and Technology Analyst, Medical Technologies, Yole Développement
Looking ahead to 2019, the conference is looking to broaden it’s scope to feature additional applications such as neurological imaging, pre-clinical imaging, endoscopy and visual spectrum imaging. The production team are seeking feedback and suggestions for how to develop this event series – get in touch if you have ideas to discuss.