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Alex Dietz, Principles of Software Verification and Validation for Medical Imaging

Date of Event: 
Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 5:30pm
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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  • 5:30-8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
  • 5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting


Keller Hall (EE/CS Building)
Room Keller 3- 111 (Look for signs)
Minneapolis, MN


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This Month’s Meeting

Program Manager: Paul Kraska
Topic: Principles of Software Verification and Validation for Medical Imaging
Speakers: Alex Dietz - St. Jude Medical


Software dominates every step in an image's lifecycle from initial capture to diagnostic review. But even well functioning software systems can introduce errors into the imaging data which undermine the diagnostic result. Detecting imaging problems and separating the avoidable from the unavoidable is central to answering the question "Can I trust this image?".

This talk covers:

  • Understanding sources of imaging problems in a software-heavy medical imaging system.
  • Four areas of image concern to users: orientation, fidelity, measurements, and integrity.
  • Roles of software engineering & risk-based verification.

Speaker Bio

Alex Dietz has been applying product quality verification principles for 20+ years in telecommunications, data transmission, and medical imaging. He currently manages the Software Verification and Validation team for the EnSite cardiac mapping system at St. Jude Medical's St. Paul headquarters. He has spoken locally and nationally, most recently at the 2010 Software Design for Medical Devices Conference in San Diego.