UNC scientist recognized for contributions to medical image computing

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 — Stephen Pizer, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been recognized by an international computing organization for his contributions to medical image computing.

UNC scientist recognized for contributions to medical image computing click to enlarge Stephen Pizer, Ph.D.

Stephen Pizer, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been recognized by an international computing organization for his contributions to medical image computing.

Pizer is Kenan Professor of Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and an adjunct professor in the departments of radiation oncology, biomedical engineering and radiology. He has been named a fellow of the Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention Society, the premier society in the field of medical image computing.

Medical image computing involves extracting and presenting information from medical images, which are used, for example, in radiation treatment planning and minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Pizer is a pioneer in his field, having written the first dissertation on medical image computing in 1967. His research led the way for international standards on electronic display of medical images and the routine clinical use of 3D display of medical images. In addition, Pizer invented methods of improving contrast in medical images that are now standard in clinical software.

Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention Society website: http://www.miccai.org

Computer science contact: Kelli Gaskill, (919) 962-1790, gaskill@cs.unc.edu

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