Medical imaging research leader selected for high honor by SPIE

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By The Staff

Ken Hanson, a medical imaging research scientist at Los Alamos National Lab, has been selected as this year’s recipient of a top award from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Hanson received his award at a banquet in San Diego, California, on Aug. 9 during the annual SPIE Optics + Photonics conference.

Hanson is receiving the 2017 SPIE Directors’ Award in recognition of substantial contributions to the long-running SPIE Medical Imaging symposium and of advances in medical image quality, restoration and 3D reconstruction techniques.

Hanson served as SPIE Medical Imaging symposium chair from 2002-2004, on the program committee for the Imaging Processing conference from 1984-1995 and as the chair of that conference from 1996-2001.

An accomplished photographer, he has provided a rich legacy for the community through chronicling the symposium in that medium for more than 30 years.

Hanson has worked at LANL since 1975, including more than 20 years in the Dynamic Testing Division where he co-developed the Bayes Inference Engine, the principal analysis tool for quantitative interpretation of dynamic radiographs, and introduced other innovations such as new approaches to assess the uncertainties in simulation codes for the verification and validation of simulations.

Although officially retired from LANL in 2016, he continues as a guest scientist in the geophysics group, working on improving ultrasound breast imaging

Hanson also shared his expertise by developing LaTeX templates for digital publication of SPIE proceedings and journals, and by teaching an SPIE course on how to write for publications in medical imaging.

“In addition to substantial contributions to SPIE conferences and publications as a chair, editor, and author, the support Ken provided in developing the LaTeX templates was invaluable in helping SPIE make a successful transition from print publishing to the SPIE Digital Library,” said Eric Pepper, SPIE director of publications.

Hanson has received multiple awards including an Outstanding Achievement Award from SPIE in 2004, the U.S. Department of Energy Award of Excellence in 1986 and the LANL Distinguished Performance Award in 1991. He was elected Fellow of SPIE in 1994.