International Workshop on Magnetic Particle Imaging

10th IWMPI: March 30 - April 1, 2020 | Würzburg, Germany

The 10th IWMPI will be held on March 30 - April 1, 2020 in Würzburg, Germany. First in 2010, and again in 2012, at the University of Lübeck, the workshop is taking place for the 8th time. Previous workshops have visited Berkeley in 2013 and then Berlin (2014), Istanbul (2015), Lübeck (2016), Prague (2017), Hamburg (2018) and New York (2019) consecutively. The workshop will provide not only the opportunity to present research work and results, but also new ideas and directions in the field of MPI to a highly interested audience of scientific, medical and application experts from universities, clinical and commercial sites, active in the field.

Magnetic Particle Imaging MPI

Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) is a novel imaging modality that uses various static and oscillating magnetic fields to image the spatial distribution of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIOs) with high sensitivity, no tissue background, and no ionizing radiation. The method exploits the non-linear magnetization behavior of the SPIOs, and has shown great potential to surpass current in vivo imaging modalities in terms of sensitivity, safety, quantitation, and spatio-temporal resolution. MPI is well suited for clinical applications such as angiography, cancer imaging, and inflammation imaging; as well as research applications such as stem cell imaging and small animal imaging.

Topics of the Workshop

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Medical, pre-clinical, and non-medical applications • Coil and field generator design • Data acquisition and signal pre-processing • Signal generation, amplification and filter design • Magnetic field simulation and system modeling • Magnetic particle spectroscopy (MPS) • Molecular imaging and reporter genes  • Nanoparticle development • Particle physics and simulations • Reconstruction methods • Sequences, acquisition protocols and spatial coding • Physiological compatibility, SAR and PNS • Scanner geometries and system design

Greeting from the Conference Chairs

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Colleagues,

The International Workshop on Magnetic Particle Imaging (IWMPI) is the premier conference for all researchers, developers, manufacturers and users of this new method of medical imaging. We invite you to participate and contribute to the conference by presenting your recent research results and showcasing your developments. In March 2020, we are excited that the IWMPI will take place at the university campus in Würzburg.

For medical imaging and Würzburg, 2020 is a very special year with its 125th anniversary of the discovery of X-Rays by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen at the Department of Physics at the University of Würzburg. His original laboratory is listed as a "Historic Site" by the European Physical Society since 2016 and is open to visitors. The IWMPI fits perfectly into the series of conferences being organized at Würzburg in all areas that were influenced by Röntgen's discovery, one of the most important being medical imaging. The celebration of the anniversary will culminate in autumn 2020 in the "Highlights der Physik", a great festival of science organized by the German Physical Society.

And I am proud to announce that I am supported a co-chair from our medical department: Thorsten A. Bley, head of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Würzburg.

For this upcoming IWMPI, March 30-April 1, 2020, we expect more than 200 participants from 20 countries as well as a record number of scientific contributions to talks and posters.

We look forward to having you join us with your team at IWMPI 2020.

Volker C. Behr
University of Würzburg, Germany

Thorsten A. Bley
University Hospital Würzburg, Germany