Monday, June 18, 2012

SIIM 2012

The HWCIR recently participated in a conference presented by the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). The SIIM 2012 Annual Meeting was held June 7-10, 2012 in Orlando, Florida (

Presenting at the meeting was Jeffrey Ferraro, PhD, from the HWCIR. Jeffrey, along with Scott DuVall, PhD, from the University of Utah School of Medicine, led a presentation, demonstration and discussion entitled "Practical Natural Language Processing -- Harvesting the Low Hanging Fruit." The session, designed specifically for radiologists, administrators and researchers, covered the capabilities and limitations of Natural Language Processing (NLP) on radiology reports and other clinical documents. They discussed and demonstrated available methods for extracting information from reports, mapping concepts to standards, and using text as input to statistical and machine learning models.

SIIM is dedicated to the advancement of medical imaging informatics through both research and education. More information about SIIM can be found on their website at

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