International Symposium on

Ultrasonic Imaging and Tissue Characterization

June 2 – June 4, 2021     VIRTUAL MEETING


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, etc; 2) ultrasonic imaging, photoacoustic imaging and Doppler techniques, including transducer and array technology; 3) signal processing, pattern recognition, and applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning in medical ultrasound; 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 symposium will be held in an online format for 2021, but our intent is to use a software platform designed to maintain the small, freeform, group meetings that occur before, between, and after the presentation sessions. For smooth presentations, and transitions to the next presentations, we are planning 12-minute recorded presentations followed by a 3-minute question-and-answer period for each.

Meeting dates and times — Symposium technical sessions will be held on June 2 to June 4, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. on June 2 and 3 and at 12:00 p.m. on June 4.

Program — Detailed information on the program, as well as instructions on preparing and submitting virtual presentations, will be available during the week of May 17.

Interest in attending — You can indicate your interest in attending the Symposium or presenting a talk by completing and submitting the interest form on our web site, Alternatively, you can email Tim Hall or Marie Muller to advise us of your interest. If you email, be sure to provide your full name, affiliation, postal and email addresses, and phone number(s). If planning to present a talk, please also provide a tentative title, authors, and submission date for the abstract.

Abstracts — Abstracts must be received by May 1 for technical review by the Program Committee. Prospective speakers will be informed during the week of May 17 regarding acceptance of their abstracts for presentation. Accepted abstracts will be available on our web site. Abstracts will be published in Ultrasonic Imaging.

Abstract format — Examples of the most-recent 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 file size 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 Tim Hall or Marie Muller

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 presenter is specified.

Casual dress code — We encourage all participants to dress casually when attending this meeeeting in person. Casual dress will make all of us more comfortable. So please help us make the Symposium an informal, relaxed, productive and interactive experience.


Timothy Hall

Marie Muller