research community, because the
acquisition of the brain imaging for
one is not the same as the other.
They can only use GE data, or they
can only use Siemens data. It’s hard.
You can get it, but it’s usually at a
You’ll hear Prof. Kamil Ugurbil, on
Thursday, speak about how they got
the companies to do standardized
work for Human Connectome
Project and then even before that
the ADNI project. It’s definitely
possible. The ADNI data for example,
is now available for everybody.
There’s a lot of brain imaging data
There are at least 3 major
international trials right now on
brain imaging and body imaging, all
of which promise to have globally
available data. I think the community
has heard this complaint, and the
community is responding. It takes a
long time to collect this kind of data.
One quick solution is that everyone
who complains about this should go
and find a local radiologist at their
hospital or the chief of the radiology
department and talk to them. The
department are very motivated to
have their data meet the standards.
They want it to be the same. I think
theirs is an alignment of motivation.
If you had to advise a young,
aspiring scientist, would you tell
them to go to academia, industry, or
Well, the career choices are
difficult. I think the better question is
the first part of your question. About
a scientist, a PhD, or even an MD. If
you want to be in medical imaging,
you have to start in the hospital. You
have to start near the clinic. You
have to understand how healthcare
what are the
constraints, what are the workflow
problems, then you can solve them.
If you don’t know what the problems
are, how can you solve them? It’s a
little bit like the hammer and the
nail. You know, do we have a
hammer or do we have a nail?
Maybe you need both.
Then, if the academic environment
doesn’t support them, it’s very
challenging to get full support like
money for a salary and to raise a
family. It’s very difficult. Then the
industry is a very good place.
Industry can be a little constraining.
You have to pick the right industry
that allows you the freedom to be
able to grow a lab, have a mentor,
and do the good research.
I am biased because I want good
scientists in the hospital. I want
them to stay with me, but I
understand when they leave and
they go to good companies.
If you were 20 years old
today, with the market conditions of
today and with the scientific
knowledge available, would you go
into medical practice or would you
do something different?
That’s a very good question. I
About a scientist, a PhD, or
even an MD. If you want to be
in medical imaging, you have
to start in the hospital
Prof. Clare Tempany
MICCAI Daily: Thursday