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Bioengineering Seminar Series: Irving Weinberg
Friday, November 4, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Room 1200 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Bldg.
For More Information:
Professor Silvia Muro

Intersections of Bioengineering and Medical Imaging

Irving Weinberg M.D., Ph.D.
Staff Radiologist, Maryland Radiology Associates; and
President, Weinberg Medical Physics

Unlike many branches of medicine, radiology has been driven by science and engineering since its inception by Roentgen in 1895 (earning the first Nobel prize in physics). An overview of opportunities for engineering innovation in medical imaging will be presented, illustrated in some cases by our own group’s work (starred*). For MRI, innovation hotspots include hardware (ultra-fast gradients*), custom applications (pediatrics, animals), software (reconstruction, pulse sequences for optimizing contrast). For x-ray CT, we will discuss tailoring materials for improved radiation detection (lead-containing quantum dots in porous silicon matrix*), and up-and-coming data acquisition approaches (photon counting and tomography*). For molecular imaging, we will introduce novel generators for radiotracers in emerging markets and customized PET scanners for specific applications (breast*, prostate). For image-guided therapy, we will discuss the use of PET for proton therapy treatment monitoring, and novel methods* for delivering magnetic nanoparticles to tumors.

About the Speaker
Dr. Weinberg received a Ph.D. in experimental plasma physics from the University of California at Irvine, and then worked with the Positron Emission Tomography group at UCLA building high resolution scanners. He received an M.D. from the University of Miami and underwent residency training in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. After a postdoctoral research position at the National Institutes of Health in MRI and PET physics, Dr. Weinberg invented several dedicated devices for molecular breast imaging and surgical guidance. These products have been commercialized by multiple companies (Naviscan PET Systems, Dilon Technologies, General Electric, Gamma Medical, Oncovision) and international projects (European ClearPEM, Sendai Medical Imaging Clinic, Prashanti Cancer Care), and have been used by over 300,000 women to detect breast cancer and guide its treatment. Dr. Weinberg’s current commercial endeavor (Weinberg Medical Physics LLC, Bethesda, MD) is a launch pad for novel medical engineering applications, collaborating with universities (University of Maryland, Georgetown University, Wayne State University, University of Wollongong) and institutes (including the Children’s National Medical Center and the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute). In addition to research activities, Dr. Weinberg sees patients several times a week at Virtual Physical, a preventive care clinic in Rockville, Maryland.

This Event is For: Graduate • Faculty • Post-Docs

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