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Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Thursday, March 4, David Isaacson, an inventor and math professor from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), will give a lecture at Bard College on medical imaging devices. The lecture, "Why and How Medical Imaging Systems Are Invented," is part of Bard's new Frontiers in Science Lecture Series (FSTL), which focuses on presenting current scientific ideas, trends, and concepts to the Bard community in an accessible fashion. The lecture is free and open to the public and takes place at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center.

In his lecture, Isaacson, who invents medical imaging systems and holds seven patents for Adaptive Electrical Impedance Tomography, will explain how the desire to improve the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and breast cancer has led to the development of these tomography systems. He will offer a brief explanation of how electrocardiography is used to diagnose heart disease, how electrical impedance tomography was invented to improve on electrocardiography, and why the same electrical impedance tomography systems can be used to improve the diagnosis of breast cancer. He will show images and movies of heart and lung function made with the RPI Adaptive Current Tomography system (ACT3), which won the Computer World Smithsonian Award in the medicine category.

David Isaacson has been a professor of mathematical sciences at RPI since 1980. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in 1976. Dr. Isaacson has been a visiting research fellow at General Electric and a visiting member of the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He is the author of


more than 90 papers on mathematical physics and medical imaging. He has served as a consultant and adviser to government and industrial organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Subsurface Imaging and Sensing, Mitsubishi, Nelcore, CardioMag, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently serves as a member of an advisory board for Alternative Breast Cancer Imaging Modalities.

For more information about the lecture, call 845-758-7581.


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