The SIIM 2019 convention took place at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora (near Denver), Colorado. It’s a brand new large-size hotel with the allures of a Rocky-Mountain ski-resort, with a (by European standards) huge convention center attached to it. From the imposing entrance hall, a spectacular view of the snowy mountains was offered through a gigantic window, with in the foreground the vague outline of the Denver skyline.

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Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center

In between the lectures at the SIIM meeting I was able to visit the Technical Exhibit several times a day. The SIIM is the American counterpart of the society of which I’m currently the president, EuSoMII. In the exhibitors’ hall a mix was presented of booths from the classical vendors (Agfa, GE, Carestream etc) and startups. The latter had been assigned their own “Startup Lane”. At the end of the hall a theatre had been constructed with a stage. It was surrounded by transparent plastic walls, probably with the idea of protecting it from the sound coming out of the exhibitor’s hall , which didn’t turn out to be very successful to be honest. In this theater, several interactive sessions were organized on topics related to Economics of AI, the shift to Enterprise PACS, reading from home, AI in practice, etc. The program is still available here, and the Twitter channel gives a good overview of the presentations that were given by each company. On the other side of the end of the hall scientific posters were presented, and in between both several smaller stands were positioned, representing the projects participating in the Innovation Challenge. All these innovative projects could compete during a pitch-session on Thursday afternoon, for a jury representing several hotshots in imaging informatics, such as Elliot Siegel and George Shih. The participants were subjected to the questions of the jury, which resulted in an exciting pitch-session. …

The Medical Doctor as Data Scientist — Interview with dr. Bart-Jan Verhoeff

Podcast on, which can also be found on Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify and Stitcher


For Episode 9 we interviewed doctor Bart-Jan Verhoeff, who’s a nephrologist (a doctor specialized in kidney diseases) at the St. Jansdal hospital in Harderwijk, the Netherlands, where he’s also Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO). …

Interview with Jonathan Berte, CEO of Robovision

Podcast Episode 8 on


Jonathan Berte is the founder and CEO of Robovision, a turnkey AI solution provider with a powerful deep learning platform called RVAI.

The company is specialized in deep learning-based machine vision and robot programming and is focused on the design, development and deployment of complete automation processes, where illumination, digital cameras, robots and artificial intelligent agents play an important role.

Since recently the company has also become active in the medical field for labeling radiological images in the development of DL algorithms. The RVAI platform is not only able of speeding up the labeling process thanks its learning ability, making it possible to automize the segmentation process, but it also allows its users without any deep learning software skills — including radiologists — to develop algorithms themselves. …


Erik R. Ranschaert

Erik is a visionary radiologist, speaker and expert in the healthcare and imaging informatics arena. You can find him on

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