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CARS 2012 : Computed Assisted Radiology and Surgery


Conference Series : Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
When Jun 27, 2012 - Jun 30, 2012
Where Pisa, Italy
Submission Deadline Jan 10, 2012
Notification Due Feb 10, 2012
Final Version Due Mar 9, 2012
Categories    ehealth   medical imaging   computer aided diagnosis   PACS

Call For Papers


Deadline for abstract / paper submissions: 10th January 2012


The CARS congress is the yearly occasion where medicine and technology meet to present and discuss the key innovations that shape modern medicine on a worldwide basis.

Founded in 1985, CARS has played a leading role in medical informatics for more than 25 years by focusing on research and development for computer assisted systems and their applications in radiology and surgery. Its growth and impact is due to CARS’s close collaboration with the ISCAS, EuroPACS, CAR, CAD and CMI societies.

Following the long term successful cooperation, in 2012 all these prestigious scientific communities will jointly hold their annual meetings for the first time in Italy, with the 26th CARS Congress in Pisa.

The Congress will also be part of the Bioengineering Week, which will start in Rome on June 24 and move to Pisa for joining the CARS.

The CARS Congress Organizing Committee invites you to come to Pisa in June 2012, for an extraordinary event in which scientific presentations as well as friendly informal discussions will foster new visions on the future of medicine.

At CARS you will have the opportunity to meet scholars and experts in the fields of radiology, surgery, engineering, informatics and/or healthcare management who have an interest in topics, such as

image- and model-guided interventions
advanced medical imaging
image processing and visualization
computer aided diagnosis
medical simulation and eLearning
surgical navigation and robotics
model-guided medicine, and
personalised medicine

New PACS applications, including IT-infrastructures adapted for the operating room as well as related results from the DICOM and IHE working groups are also within the scope of CARS. Clinical specialties represented at CARS include:

Imaging and Interventional Radiology
Cardiovascular and Oncologic Imaging and Interventions
Computed Maxillofacial Imaging
Computer Assisted Radiation Therapy
Computer Assisted Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery
Computer Assisted Head and Neck, and ENT Surgery
Image Guided Neurosurgery
Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular and Thoracoabdominal Surgery

Please note that the deadline for paper and abstract submissions for CARS 2012 in Pisa is January 10, 2012.

Recent successful CARS congresses have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, London, Chicago, Osaka, Barcelona, and Geneva. We would be delighted to welcome you in Pisa for CARS 2012.

Congress format
The four-day congress consists of invited talks by internationally recognized experts, approx. 200 paper presentations, as well as exhibits and posters. Special focus sessions as well as product exhibits in the industrial exhibition are planned to give participants access to hot topics and new CARS-related products.
Tutorials, workshops and special events related to the above topics complement the regular sessions of CARS and are organized under the auspices of the International Foundation of CARS.

Congress Topics
Relevant research and developments in Radiology, Surgery, Dentistry, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering and Modelling including but not limited to:

26th International Congress and Exhibition on Computer Assisted Radiology
Chairman: Stanley Baum, MD (USA)
Co-chair: Carlo Bartolozzi, MD (I)

Medical Imaging, e.g.
DR, CT, MR, Virtual Endoscopy, US, SPECT, PET and Molecular Imaging
Computer Assisted Cardiovascular Imaging
Image Processing and Display
Medical Workstations
Interventional Radiology
Minimally Invasive Spinal Therapy
Image Guided Diagnosis and Therapy of the Prostate
Ablation Therapies
Image Guided Radiation Therapy
Nanotechnology for Imaging and Therapy
Telemedicine, E-health and Multimedia EPR
Expert Systems and Computer Assisted Education
Economic and Management Issues
Security, Legal and Ethical Aspects

16th Annual Conference of the International Society for Computer Aided Surgery
President: Kevin Cleary, PhD (USA)

Computer Applications for e.g. Neurosurgery, Head and Neck, Orthopaedics, Ear Nose and Throat, Cardiovascular and Thoracoabdominal Surgery, and Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
Image Guided Therapy
Image Processing and Visualization
Surgical Robotics and Instrumentation
Surgical Navigation
Surgical Simulation
3D Modelling and Rapid Prototyping
Postoperative Result Assessment
Surgical Education and Training
Haptics and Multimodal Devices in Medical Applications
Methods of Validation and Verification
Computer-Assisted Planning
Decision Management
Navigated Control
Surgical Workplace – Ergonomics

14th International Workshop on Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Chairman: Kunio Doi, PhD (USA)
Co-chair: Ulrich Bick, MD (D)

CAD for Breast, Chest, Colon, Skeletal, Liver, Brain and Vascular Imaging
CAD for Cancer Screening
CAD for 3D Imaging
CAD for Differential Diagnosis
CAD for CT, MRI, Ultrasonography, PET and Nuclear Medicine Imaging
Image Databases for CAD
Computer Vision, ANN and Modelling
Computerized Detection and Characterization of Lesions in Radiological Images
Quantitative Analysis of Image Information
Visualization and Quantitation of 3D Images
Intelligent Workstations and Decision Support Systems
Observer Performance Studies and ROC Analysis
Clinical Evaluation and Prospective Studies
Image Quality Issues and Evaluation
CAD in PACS Environment

18th Computed Maxillofacial Imaging Congress
Chairman: Allan G. Farman, PhD, DSc (USA)

New Imaging Devices and Novel Applications
Evidence-based Selection Criteria in Digital Maxillofacial Imaging
Craniomaxillofacial Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Maxillofacial Image Enhancement Algorithms
Cranial and Maxillofacial Image Guided Surgery
Image Navigated Dental Implantology
Orthodontic Applications of Computed Imaging
Endodontic Applications of Computed Imaging
Imaging and Modelling for Maxillofacial Prosthodontics
Cone Beam CT
3D and 4D Imaging
Multi-dimensional Maxillofacial Modelling
Virtual Reality and Dental Robotics
Maxillofacial Applications in Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise

30th International EuroPACS Meeting
President: Emanuele Neri, MD (I)

PACS Architecture and Workflow
PACS Workstation Design and Ergonomics
PACS Integration in Surgical and Interventional Suites
PACS-CAD Integration
Open Source Software for PACS and Image Processing
PACS beyond Radiology (Cardiology, Endoscopy, Ophthalmology, etc.)
Image Distribution, Storage and Archiving Strategies
PACS/RIS/HIS Integration Issues
Regional PACS and Teleradiology
Standardization (DICOM, HL7, IHE)
PACS and E-Learning in Radiology and Medical Sciences
Tablets in Radiology
Managing Dose Information in PACS
Structured Reporting

13th IFCARS / SPIE / EuroPACS Joint Workshop on Surgical PACS and the Digital Operating Room
Chairmen: Osman M. Ratib, MD, PhD (CH), Heinz U. Lemke, PhD (D)

Surgical Workflow
Digital Operating Room
Therapy Imaging and Model Management Systems
Surgical PACS
DICOM and IHE in Surgery
Management and Assessment of OR Systems Integration
Architectures of ORs and Imaging Suites

4th EPMA / IFCARS Workshop on Personalized Medicine and ICT
Olga Golubnitschaja, MD (D), Heinz U. Lemke, PhD (D)

Model-Guided Medicine
Patient-Specific Modelling
Model Management
Clinical Examples of Personalized Medicine in Oncology

Abstracts or papers including new methods, devices and applications, clinical studies, position papers, and poster topics for presentation at the congress are solicited. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the international program committee. Abstracts of accepted lecture and poster presentations will be published in the CARS 2012 Proceedings, which will be distributed to all congress participants. Accepted full paper contributions will be included in regular issues of the International Journal of CARS. Authors should send their submissions through the CARS website, see further information and guidelines at

Submission of abstracts / papers: January 10, 2012
Notification of acceptance: February 10, 2012
Submission of final abstracts: March 9, 2012
Publication of final papers: after the peer-review process

Congress Venue
The Congress will be held at the Congress Palace in Pisa, Italy

Congress President
Davide Caramella, MD
University of Pisa, Italy

Congress Committees

Congress Organizer
Heinz Lemke, PhD
International Foundation for CARS, Germany

For registration and additional information, contact the
CARS Conference Office at

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