september, 2017

14sepAll DayPoint-of-Care Ultrasound: Algorithms, Hardware, and ApplicationsA MICCAI 2017 Workshop

Event Details

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The full-day workshop is dedicated to the research and clinical evaluations of the technologies specific to POCUS. POCUS involves automated data analyses, rugged hardware, and specialized interfaces to guide novice users to properly place and manipulate an ultrasound probe and interpret the returned ultrasound data. In particular, the output of a POCUS system should typically be quantitative measures and easy-to-understand reformulations of the acquired data, not b-mode images; it should be assumed that the expertise needed to interpret b-mode images will not be readily available at the points of care.

Image analysis algorithms as well as tracking and systems engineering are essential to POCUS applications. Example applications include detection of intra-abdominal bleeding by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel for patient triage at the scene of an accident, diagnosis of increased intra-cranial pressure by medics using computer-assisted measurement of optic nerve sheath diameter, and monitoring of liver tissue health in the homes of at-risk patients. At the workshop, attendees will learn from leaders in POCUS research via oral and poster presentations as well as via live demonstrations and a panel discussion.


The workshop aims to support and grow the community of POCUS researchers at the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) conference. Accordingly, the workshop represents a blending of MIC and CAI.

Topics of interest include the following:

  • self-contained or easy-to-setup probe tracking systems for in-field use;
  • three-dimensional ultrasound reconstruction from imprecisely tracked two-dimensional probes;
  • clinical studies of in-field POCUS applications;
  • adaption of advanced ultrasound protocols to low-cost probes;
  • ultrasound guidance algorithms and interfaces for novice users;
  • automated ultrasound image quality assessment;
  • tissue characterization in POCUS applications;
  • longitudinal registration of POCUS data;
  • workflows and interfaces for novice POCUS users, including augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) displays;
  • hardware packaging for rugged, in-field ultrasound applications; and
  • simulation strategies for rapid training of EMS personnel and medics for POCUS applications.


The organization of this workshop is supported, in part, by NIH/NIBIB and NIH/NIGMS via 1R01EB021396-01A1: Slicer+PLUS: Point-of-Care Ultrasound


June 19  –  Submission Deadline (Extended from June 12th.   No further extensions will be given!)

July 7  –  Notification of Acceptance

July 17  –  Camera-Ready Papers Due, with Confirmed Workshop Registration

August 1  –  Final Program Published

September 14  –  Full-Day Workshop

Organizers and Speakers

The workshop organizers represent academic, industry, and clinical leaders in the field of POCUS. InnerOptic is a medical device innovator for ultrasound applications. The clinical leaders include an emergency medicine physician, a trauma surgeon, and an orthopedic surgeon from Washington University and Children’s National Medical Center, all of whom are participating in the investigation of POCUS applications. Queens University, Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Kitware have open-source packages that are being adopted to POCUS applications.  

The workshop organizers are as follows:

  • Emad Boctor, JHU
  • Stephen Aylward, Kitware
  • Gabor Fichtinger, Queens University
  • Kevin Cleary, Children’s National Medical Center
  • Matt Oetgen, MD, Children’s National Medical Center
  • Deborah Kane, MD, Washington University
  • Bradley Freeman, MD, Washington University
  • Luv Kohli, InnerOptic
  • Sonia Pujol, BWH


The workshop has three components: podium presentations, poster presentations, and live demonstrations.

This is a highly tentative schedule that will be resolved based on the quality and quantity of papers submitted and on the MICCAI organizational guidelines.

8:00 – 10:00    Invited Talks

10:00 – 10:30   Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:30   Paper Presentations

12:30 – 1:30    Lunch

1:30 – 2:30      Paper Presentations

2:30 – 3:30      Live Demonstrations and Poster Presentations

3:30 – 4:00     Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30     Invited Talks and Panel Discussion: Open Q&A


Paper Submission, Live Demonstrations, and Paper Publications


Paper Submissions

The workshop will accept two kinds of papers:

  1. extended abstracts (two to four pages) for poster presentation and
  2. full papers (six to eight pages) for podium and poster presentation.

The organizing committee will judge the papers based on potential impact on patient care, innovation, and methodological soundness.   MICCAI standards regarding conflicts of interest during review, duplicate publications, and scientific/human-subject ethics will be maintained.

Each paper is submitted via email to and should include the following:

  • In the body of the email please provide
    • Title
    • Responsible author, affiliation, and email address
    • Brief description of the associated live demonstration or an indication that there is no associated live demonstration.
    • Preference for oral or poster presentation
  • Attached to the email please provide a PDF of the submitted extended abstract / full paper in MICCAI format

Live Demonstrations

Both poster and podium presenters will have the opportunity to provide live demonstrations.  The live demonstrations are anticipated to include not only image analysis demonstrations but also POCUS probes connected to laptops to demonstrate innovations for 1) tissue characterization using gel-based phantoms, 2) embedded tracking systems, and 3) intuitive AR/VR displays.



Springer has agreed to publish our papers as part of the MICCAI workshop proceedings.  Papers will appear in a volume in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. 



All Day (Thursday) EST


Qubebec Convention Center

1000 Boulevard René-Lévesque E, Québec, QC G1R 2B5

Questions or comments are always welcome!