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University of Iowa Media Advisory

March 19, 2004

Media Invited To Opening Of Iowa Comprehensive Lung Imaging Center

WHAT: Grand opening and tour of the Iowa Comprehensive Lung Imaging Center at the University of Iowa. This world-class facility has unique research capabilities using state-of-the-art 3-D imaging technology and advanced data analysis. The imaging technology includes: multi-slice, high-speed computerized tomography (CT) scanner; micro-CT scanner; 3-D microscopy and advanced endoscopy.

WHO: Faculty and staff from the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the UI College of Engineering and representatives from industry and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 22, 2004

WHERE: Meet by the Information Desk in the Main Lobby of UI Hospitals and Clinics. (The center is located in the lower level of General Hospital.)

Reporters will have an opportunity to talk between 1:30 and 2 p.m. with UI faculty and industry and NIH representatives. Tours will begin at 2 p.m. and leave approximately every 20 minutes between 2 and 3:30 p.m. The equipment in the center includes the Siemens Somatom Sensation 16 scanner.

Among those scheduled to be at the event:
-- Eric Hoffman, Ph.D., UI professor of radiology and biomedical engineering
-- Geoffrey McLennan, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and biomedical engineering, and member of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
-- Milan Sonka, Ph.D., UI professor of computer and electrical engineering
-- Erich Reinhardt, CEO, Siemens Medical Systems
-- John Haller, acting director, Division of Applied Sciences and Technology, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH
-- John Walsh, CEO, Alpha One Foundation (a patient-advocacy group)
-- Jack Schmidt, vice-president, Aventis
-- Mike Kaminski, COO, Stereotaxis
-- Mike Welch, clinical development manager, Emphasys
-- Jeff Natkin, CEO, Olympus Medical Systems, USA

UI researchers, led by Hoffman and McLennan, received in fall 1999 a five-year, $7.1 million bioengineering research grant from the NIH to help establish the center and conduct research related to lung disease imaging and model-based analysis. For details, see the online news release at

A current study at the center aims to determine whether a chest X-ray or a spiral CT scan is better at detecting clinically relevant small abnormalities in the lungs. For details, see The group is also serving as the Image Analysis Center for the National Emphysema Treatment Trial, as well as many other studies.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660