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IT WAS a most unusual meeting of minds—experts from the defense, space, and intelligence communities brainstorming with oncologists and interventional radiologists to find ways of beating missiles into medical plowshares.
The Technology Transfer in ImageGuided Therapy Workshop, at the National Institutes of Health's campus in Bethesda, Md, was sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO), and Society for Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiologists (SCVIR). The workshop's goal was to identify advanced technologies in the defense, intelligence, and aerospace communities that can be adapted to solve important problems in image-guided therapy.
The meeting was modeled on a technology transfer workshop on digital mammography, which was sponsored by NCI and NASA in May 1993. This latest workshop had two specific objectives, says one of the program directors, Faina Shtern, MD, chief of NCI's Diagnostic Imaging Branch in Rockville, Md. One was to
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