2004 Workshop on the Nuclear Radiology of Breast Cancer

Dates: Friday and Saturday, October 22-23, 2004

Location: Ergife Palace Hotel, Rome, Italy (at the conclusion of the MIC meeting)

Registration fee:  There are approximately 100 fully funded slots available.  After the funded slots are filled, the registration fee will be 150 Euro (covers all meals and handouts and is separate from the NSS/MIC).

Registration deadline: August 15, 2004. Note: Due to meal and room planning there will be no on-site registration.

Abstract submission deadline: August 1, 2004.


Registration Closed



Craig Levin, Stanford University, USA

Martin Tornai, Duke University, USA

Roberto Pani, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy

Franco Garibaldi, Instituto Superiore di Sanita, Italy

Iraj Khalkhali, Harbor-UCLA Medical Foundation, USA

David Mankoff, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

DESCRIPTION (see outline below)

This one-and-a-half day workshop will cover issues related to nuclear emission imaging for breast cancer evaluation. Topics will include biology and markers for breast cancer, conventional and emerging breast imaging technologies, potential roles of nuclear techniques (PET/SPECT), new breast cancer radiotracers, clinical practicality issues, new nuclear imaging instrumentation and methods designed for breast cancer, industrial perspectives, and funding opportunities.


Registration: All attendees must register at the following link by August 15. Subject to funding availability, the registration fee will be waived for approximately 100 people who register before August 15; After the funded slots are filled, the registration fee will be 150 Euro, which will cover meals and handouts as part of the workshop.  Note this registration fee is separate from that required for the IEEE NSS/MIC meeting.  To request a funded slot, please contact martin.tornai@duke.edu with a short statement of your background and why you feel you should receive a funded slot, which will be reviewed by the organizing committee.  Those submitting abstracts to the workshop will receive first priority.  Due to meal planning, there will be no on-site registration.

Abstract Submission: If you are interested in presenting at the workshop please submit an abstract and a maximum of two pages of supporting data describing original nuclear breast imaging work by August 1 to the following link .  Duplicate submissions to the Workshop and the IEEE NSS/MIC are discouraged since there will be a publication resulting from presentations at this workshop (see below).

Publications:  The workshop proceedings of the presented talks and posters will be published in a special issue of an international medical physics journal.


Based upon funding availability (please check for updates on this web-site) there will be up to ten USD $600 travel grants available for graduate students or post-doctoral fellows traveling overseas to attend the workshop. Interested applicants who have made contributions to research relevant to nuclear emission breast imaging should submit a short list of qualifications and a one-to-two paragraph (max. one page) statement as to why they feel they should be awarded a grant to attend the workshop. If applicable, the student/post-doc grant applicant should also include the abstract and two pages of supporting data describing their nuclear breast imaging work that was submitted to this workshop or the 2004 IEEE NSS/MIC meeting. Completed student/post-doc travel grant applications should be submitted by e-mail to dam@u.washington.edu no later than August 1, 2004.


DAY ONE: Friday, October 22, 2004, 12:15PM - 10:00PM (including lunch and dinner excursion):

Welcome Luncheon

Section I.  Breast Cancer Background: Oncology, Biology, and Radiology

Coffee Break

Section II. Clinical Nuclear Medicine Imaging in the Management of Breast Cancer

Dinner excursion                                                    

DAY TWO: Saturday, October 23, 2004, 7:00AM - 5:30PM (including breakfast and lunch excursion)


Section III. Research Radionuclide Imaging Detectors, Systems, and Software for Breast Cancer(Oral and poster session--presentations selected from abstract submissions)

Lunch excursion

Section IV. Commercially Available Radionuclide Imaging Systems for Breast Cancer

Dinner (informal gathering)