Miga joins editorial board of new medical imaging journal

Michael Miga, professor of biomedical engineering, will serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Imaging, a new publication of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

The journal will launch in early 2014 and cover fundamental and translational research and applications focused on photonics in medical imaging.

JMI will be published in print quarterly and online in the SPIE Digital Library as each peer-reviewed article is approved for publication. The online version will be available free to all readers in the first year.

Mike Miga

“I was on the original task force about six years ago to investigate the need for a new journal so I am quite excited to see it realized, and to serve on its editorial board,” said Miga, whose three-year appointment as an associate editor began Oct. 1.

The scope of JMI initially will mirror that of the annual SPIE Medical Imaging symposium. Topics will include imaging physics, tomographic reconstruction algorithms, image processing, computer-aided diagnosis, visualization and modeling, image perception and observer performance, technology assessment, ultrasonic imaging, image-guided procedures and digital pathology.

In addition to full-length peer-reviewed articles, JMI plans to publish letters and aspects from the oral and poster presentation from SPIE Medical Imaging symposiums.

“SPIE Medical Imaging really has filled a niche in the interventional and translational community, specifically in the real translation of engineering from bench to bedside, often with the clinical environment being our laboratory,” Miga said.

“Across the Vanderbilt Initiative in Surgery and Engineering (ViSE), an impressive number of engineering and medical center investigators have participated SPIE’s annual conferences and symposiums, presenting hundreds of papers over the past two decades as well as delivering keynote and plenary addresses, providing short courses, serving as conference and session chairs and as members of scientific committees of conferences. It is definitely a place where Vanderbilt is well known,” Miga said.

SPIE serves more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries and annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Its international office is in Bellingham, Wash.