Special Issue on Spine Imaging, Image-based Modeling, and Image Guided Intervention

Shuo Li, Jianhua Yao, Nassir Navab, Guest Editors

Spine is one of the utmost important multifunctional structures in the human body. It provides physical support with great flexibility to the upper body. It governs the instantaneous reflex action and conveys neural signals transmitting between the brain and the majority of the body. Due to the wide diversity of functions that the spine serves, spine disorders trigger various and severe problems which considerably reduce patients’ living quality, and cause a huge burden of morbidity and financial cost to society.

Spine imaging is increasingly important in diagnosis, detection, prognosis, intervention, therapy, and treatment of spine related diseases or conditions. Current modalities used on spine include all existing and emerging imaging (e.g. hybrid imaging) modalities. This field starts to attract numerous applications in a wide spectrum, from image acquisition and image analysis to image guided intervention.

This special issue is intended to highlight the state-of-the-art, emerging challenges, and innovative approaches in spine imaging, image analysis, and image guided intervention. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

Submission deadlines and expected decision dates:

T-MI seeks high quality research papers for this special issue. Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically, by the deadline above, through the ScholarOne Manuscripts following the IEEE TMI instructions for authors and indicating in the cover letter that the manuscript be considered for the special issue on Spine Imaging. Articles received after the due date will be reviewed, but may not be reviewed in time for inclusion in the special issue. Accepted papers not included in the special issue will be published in regular issues of TMI. Authors intending to submit articles are encouraged to discuss their submissions with the Guest Editors first. The Guest Editors will screen submitted papers for suitability for this special issue. Papers not deemed suitable for the special issue will be forwarded to the Editor-in-Chief of TMI for possible consideration as regular submissions.

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Special Issue on Spectral CT

Ge Wang, Anthony Butler, Hengyong Yu, Michael Campbell, Guest Editors

Since Hounsfield's Nobel Prize winning breakthrough decades ago, x-ray CT has been widely applied in the clinical and preclinical applications, producing a huge number of tomographic gray-scale images. However, these images are insufficient to reveal soft tissue differences and lack of cellular and molecular information. Since the x-ray tube has a polychromatic spectrum, it has been desirable and is now feasible to obtain spectral or multi-energy CT images. The enabling techniques are photon-counting energy discriminating detectors, novel contrast agents, compressed sensing methods, and associated system architectures. We believe that spectral CT including spectral radiography is the next wave of research and development in the CT field.

This special issue is intended as a forum with high visibility and synergy to promote the momentum of spectral CT. Hence, we encourage both established experts and new investigators to contribute high-quality papers. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Submission deadlines and expected decision dates:

T-MI seeks high quality research papers for this special issue. Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically, by the deadline above, through the ScholarOne Manuscripts following the IEEE TMI instructions for authors and indicating in the cover letter that the manuscript be considered for the special issue on Spectral CT. Articles received after the due date will be reviewed, but may not be reviewed in time for inclusion in the special issue. Accepted papers not included in the special issue will be published in regular issues of TMI. Authors intending to submit articles are encouraged to discuss their submissions with the Guest Editors first. The Guest Editors will screen submitted papers for suitability for this special issue. Papers not deemed suitable for the special issue will be forwarded to the Editor-in-Chief of TMI for possible consideration as regular submissions.

Guest Editors: