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The infraNET Project and 
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
at the University of Waterloo

present ...

30 Years of Computers In Medical Imaging


Terry Peters 
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute
Professor, Radiology and Medical Biophysics

Wednesday, January 28, 2004
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

This Seminar is Sponsored by:
Agfa Healthcare Informatics

This seminar is of interest to Health and IT Executives, IS/IT Staff, Faculty and Students.
There is no charge for this event, however, we ask that you register to attend.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presentation Archive 2003-2004


While diagnostic X-rays have been around now for over 100 years, it was only after the introduction of computers into Medical Imaging that the phenomenal progress of the last thirty years has occurred. The first impact of the digital revolution was felt through the introduction of the CT scanner in 1973, and some years later by the introduction of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. From humble beginnings in the 70 s, computers have become ubiquitous in medical imaging, providing the infrastructure for high resolution three and four dimensional imaging of any part of the body, the rapid transfer of images from physician to physician, and the use of such technologies to support the rapidly growing field of image-guided minimally-invasive surgical procedures.

This presentation provides an overview of the developments in medical imaging techniques over the past 30 years, illustrated with examples drawn from over three decades of personal research in this area, along with an overview of his current research.

Terry Peters received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in 1973, where his research topic was Image Reconstruction from Projections which became the first Ph.D. thesis on the subject of CT. Subsequently, he worked as a medical physicist at Christchurch Hospital in diagnostic radiology, developing New Zealand s first clinical CT scanner and advising the Government on the introduction of CT scanning.

In 1978, Dr. Peters joined both the Montreal Neurological Institute as a member of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, and McGill University as a Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics. He worked on image reconstruction problems in PET, CT and MR imaging, applying imaging principles extensively in the field of image guidance for neurosurgery, the development of procedures for multiple-modality imaging, and the application of stereoscopic image visualisation tools in radiology and neurosurgery.

Dr. Peters became a Scientist of the Imaging Research Laboratories at Robarts Research Institute in London Ontario in 1997. He is continuing his work with image-guided surgery applied to the brain and the heart. Currently he is a Professor of Radiology and Medical Biophysics, an adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario, and an Adjunct Professor at McGill. Dr. Peters is the author of over 140 papers and book chapters on medical imaging, and is a member of a number of scientific organisations representing the interests of the medical physics, biomedical engineering and medical imaging communities.

For more information

Shirley Fenton
Managing Director, WIHIR
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts

This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research (WIHIR) and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.

The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part of Siebel), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.