Maryellen L. Giger, PhD, the A. N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago and a pioneer in computer-aided cancer diagnosis, has been named the first editor-in-chief of a new journal to be launched by the SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.The Journal of Medical Imaging will begin publication in 2014.
“The new journal gives the field of medical imaging, which continues to be more and more interdisciplinary, a home for scientific presentation, discussion, review and archiving,” said Giger, who is also chair of the Committee on Medical Physics, and director of the Imaging Research Institute, in a news release put out by the SPIE.
Giger’s research focuses on finding new ways to use computers to help radiologists obtain information more effectively and efficiently from medical images such as mammograms, ultrasound images, and magnetic resonance images. She and colleagues have developed and refined the art of computer-aided diagnosis by designing computerized image-analysis systems that can help radiologists find cancers earlier, for example, which can translate to better patient prognosis and longer lives.
In 2010, she was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering in 2010 for her “contributions to digital signal analysis for improved cancer detection and treatment, and for innovations in interdisciplinary training.”