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Two Opportunities to Conduct Medical Image Perception Research!

Friday, June 22, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Oct 3-5 at the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

Nov 25-30 at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)


Investigators conducting research on medical image perception know that it can be difficult to attract radiologists or other experts to participate as experimental observers. For the last two years support from the NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI) has funded the Perception Lab in the Learning Center of the RSNA annual meeting in Chicago. Last year, fourteen labs tested over 200 radiologists. We are happy to announce Year 3 of the Perception Lab will run from: Nov. 25th to Nov. 30th at RSNA in the McCormick Place in Chicago.


NEW in 2018: In addition, this year a similar opportunity will be available at the ASCP Annual Meeting, Oct 3rd – 5th at the Baltimore Convention Center.


At the RSNA Perception Lab, you can test radiologists and others on relatively brief experiments (~30 minutes maximum). The annual RSNA meeting provides an unparalleled pool of potential participants: attendance is upwards of 50,000, including ~25,000 professionals in some aspect of radiology.


The ASCP Perception Lab is a new venture that will run on the sample principle. Here you will be able to recruit observers from among the approximately 2,000 pathologists, residents, and lab professionals in attendance.


We are inviting applications for investigators to participate in either lab…or both.




Facilities: There will be six small, darkened testing areas. At RSNA, each will be equipped with a desk, two chairs, two 47-inch monitors (Samsung LN-T4665F, color with VGA and HDMI, 1920 x 1080 pixels), power, and internet access. At ASCP, there will be a single monitor. There will be a registration/waiting area. RSNA and ASCP will provide some help in recruiting observers and with general publicity. In addition, registration fees for the meeting will be waived for participating researchers. Individual researchers will need to provide any equipment other than the monitors described above (e.g., if you need medical grade monitors, computers, eye-trackers, you need to make arrangements). You will also need to provide personnel to carry out the experiment. Finally, investigators will be asked to contribute a modest amount to a fund that will allow us to run a participant lottery (an Amazon gift card did well last year).


Application: To apply for time and space:

1)      Tell us which meeting you want to attend (send two applications if you want to attend both).

2)      Provide contact with information for the PI and for any researcher(s) who you plan to send to the meeting. Include their position (postdoc, research assistant, etc.) office address, cell phone contact, and email.

3)      Please provide 1-2 pages of prose (exclusive of figures and references) including:

a)      An abstract briefly describing the project.

b)      A significance statement describing why this is worth doing.

c)      Brief Background and Methods.

d)      A statement of your requirements: We will allocate time in two-hour slots from 9-5 each day of the meeting.

i)        How many participants do you hope to test?

ii)      How much time do you need with each participant? Keep in mind that your observers will probably be willing to give you no more than 30 mins of time for an experiment.

iii)    Based on your answers to (i) and (ii), how many blocks do you request?

iv)    What are the desired qualifications for your observers (e.g., level of experience)?


If your project is accepted, we will need:

1)      A brief paragraph explaining what the participants can expect to do in the study (e.g., reading N chest x-rays) and the potential benefit to the participants. What might they learn?

2)      A statement about how you plan to reward participants if applicable (e.g., lottery for an iPad, box of chocolate).

3)      A description of recruitment strategies you will use. We will collaborate with RSNA for general publicity, but if individual projects have ideas about how to bring in participants this can help all of us.

4)      Proof of IRB approval from your institution.

5)      After the meeting, we will need a report about how many observers you tested, what you found, and your thoughts about the process.


Review Committees

Decisions about the allocation of time and space will be made by review committees:



Jeremy Wolfe (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Med) – Chair

Elizabeth Krupinski (Emory)

Miguel Eckstein (UC Santa Barbara)

Maryellen Giger (U. Chicago)

Meagan Mills  (U. Utah)

Todd Horowitz (NIH/NCI)



Jennifer Trueblood (Vanderbilt) - Chair

Jeremy Wolfe (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Med)

Elizabeth Krupinski (Emory)

Quentin Eichbaum (Vanderbilt U Medical Center)

Todd Horowitz (NIH/NCI)



Questions can be directed to Jeremy Wolfe (, Jennifer Trueblood ( or Todd Horowitz (

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