International Symposium on

Ultrasonic Imaging and Tissue Characterization

June 10 – June 12, 2020 Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, Arlington, VA



Purpose — The Symposium provides a forum for discussion of new directions in state-of-the-art technology and research opportunities in ultrasonic and photoacoustic imaging and characterization of tissues. The meeting affords physicians, engineers and physical scientists a unique venue for sharing their contributions to this important area of technology development related to disease detection, diagnosis, staging, treatment planning and treatment monitoring.

Topics — Presentations are solicited on 1) techniques for measuring ultrasonic properties of tissue, e.g., velocity, attenuation, scattering, nonlinear effects; 2) ultrasonic imaging, photoacoustic imaging and Doppler techniques, including transducer and array technology; 3) signal processing and pattern recognition; 4) ultrasound-guided intervention and robotic ultrasound imaging; and 5) ultrasonic and photoacoustic properties of tissue and their dependence on physical and biological variables. Presentations describing high-quality research involving clinical trials of new techniques and instrumentation or new clinical applications of existing technology are particularly welcome.

Meeting venue — The Westin Arlington Gateway is the headquarters for all meeting activities. The hotel is near the Washington Metro subway stop in Ballston, placing it within minutes of downtown Washington, Capitol Hill, and National Airport. Rapid and inexpensive transportation from Dulles Airport is available via an express bus to the Metro station at Wiehle-Reston East followed by a short Metro ride to Ballston. Bus service to New York City is available at the nearby Rosslyn Metro stop. The New York City buses cost as little as $30 each way and feature free Wi-Fi and electrical outlets.
The Westin Arlington Gateway is a four-star luxury hotel. The meeting will take place in a beautiful, large ballroom, with spacious classroom seating for more than 100 attendees. High ceilings and absence of support pillars provide unrestricted views of the projector screen.

The Symposium has guaranteed a limited number of rooms at a special Symposium rate of $259 for a single- or double-occupancy room. The cut-off date for reserving a room at this rate is May 11, 2020. However, if you are planning to attend the meeting, we urge you to make your room reservation as soon as possible. You can make a reservation at

Alternatively, call the Westin Central Reservations office at 703 717 6200 and request the rate for the Tissue Characterization Symposium Conference.

Meeting dates and times — Symposium check-in will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10. The technical sessions will be held on June 10 to June 12, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. on June 10 and 11 and at 12:00 p.m. on June 12.

Program — Detailed information on the program, as well as registration and logistical arrangements, will be emailed during the week of March 23.

Interest in attending — As soon as possible, please email to inform us of your interest in attending the Symposium or presenting a paper. Please provide your full name, affiliation, postal and email addresses, and phone and fax numbers. If planning to present a paper, please also provide a tentative title and submission date for the abstract. Alternatively, you can indicate your interest by submitting a form on our web site,

Abstracts — Abstracts must be received by February 10 for technical review by the Program Committee. Prospective speakers will be informed during the week of March 16 regarding acceptance of their abstracts for presentation. Accepted abstracts will be available on our web site. No proceedings will be published.

Abstract format — Examples of the preferred abstract format are available at The abstract body should be preceded by the title, authors’ names, abbreviated affiliations, and the email address of the corresponding author. The body of the abstract should not exceed 300 words; references and equations should be used very sparingly; and figures and tables are not allowed. The name of the presenter must be underlined in the abstract. Please e-mail your abstract as a Microsoft Word document to

One talk/speaker limit — A limit of one talk per speaker applies to all speakers, including invited speakers. No exceptions will be made. As stated above, please underline the name of the presenter in the list of authors accompanying the abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted unless the speaker is specified.

Casual dress code — We encourage all participants to wear casual clothes. Casual dress will make all of us more comfortable and simplify our packing. So please help us make the Symposium an informal, relaxed, productive, and interactive experience in our excellent venue, the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel.


Dr. Melvin Linzer

Executive Chairman

2 Fulham Court

Silver Spring, MD 20902

(301) 649-6886 (voice) / (240) 427-3899 (fax)