The Second MICCAI International Workshop on Breast Image Analysis, Nagoya, Japan, 26th September 2013


Breast cancer affects many women: In the western world about 12% of women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Therefore, breast imaging, with applications in risk assessment, screening, diagnosis, and treatment, is an important topic. In modern breast imaging, traditional imaging modalities such as mammography and handheld ultrasound are complemented by contrast enhanced MRI, whole breast ultrasound, breast tomosynthesis and digital pathology. To make optimal use of these technologies, there is a strong need for development of effective image analysis methods. Examples are extraction and combination of information from multimodal imaging, temporal change assessment in screening, and relating image appearance to risk factors. Development of such methods is highly challenging due to large deformations of the breast and subtlety of the abnormalities to be detected and diagnosed.

It is the purpose of this workshop to bring together researchers in the field of breast imaging to discuss and exchange new ideas and applications. We also hope to contribute to a rising popularity of this topic at MICCAI. It follows the very successful 2011 BIA workshop which had a total of 33 submissions from 22 international research institutions, 6 continents and 13 countries. This resulted in a full day’s workshop with 12 oral presentations and 11 posters and was attended by 44 registered participants. Alternating this workshop with the biennial International Workshop on Breast Imaging (IWDM) provides an annual forum for researchers in this field.

Topics of Interest

Including but not limited to:

  • Models for breast deformation,

  • Breast image registration,

  • Multimodal image analysis,

  • Breast density analysis and risk assessment,

  • Computer aided detection and diagnosis,

  • Quantitative analysis of breast MRI,

  • Measuring response to treatment,

  • Relating image derived features to other risk factors,

  • Planning and guidance for breast surgery,

  • Digital pathology,

  • Molecular breast imaging.