Upcoming Events

2nd SINAPSE Image Analysis meeting Jun 20, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM — Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee
2019 SINAPSE ASM Jun 21, 2019 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee
2nd International Conference on Medical Imaging with Deep Learning Jul 08, 2019 - Jul 10, 2019 — ICL South Kensington Campus, London
4th International Workshop on Image Processing Techniques and Applications Jul 22, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019 — Centre for Mathematical Imaging Techniques (CMIT), University of Liverpool, England
Medical Image Understanding and Analysis Conference 2019 Jul 24, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019 — University of Liverpool, England

Neuroimaging and the law.

Professor Joanna Wardlaw took part in a debate in Milan at the European Federation of Neuropsychological Societies about whether neuro-imaging was ready for use in law.

Issues that were discussed included:

•Lie detection

•Memory accuracy

•Juror or witness bias

•Mitigating circumstance

•Establish ‘diminished capacity’ to reduce sentencing

•Determine if a prisoner is ‘ready for release

 

Central to the debate was the frequent misinterpretation of imaging studies. For example, differences in brain activation detected by functional MRI in groups of subjects cannot be deemed to be significant when a single subject is compared to a normal group. Scientific rigour is of paramount importance, especially in a legal setting.

Conclusions were that neuroimagers and lawyers need to work together to understand each other better and that public engagement will be essential to prevent misuse of imaging.