Alyssa Watanabe

AI, Clinical Research

Alyssa Watanabe

CMO, CureMetrix and Associate Clinical Professor, USC

Dr. Watanabe is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Clinical Research at CureMetrix, Inc, an artificial intelligence medical start-up company which was voted Best New Radiology Vendor by Aunt Minnie in 2019. Dr. Watanabe is also a Board Certified Radiologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Neuroradiology at USC Keck School of Medicine. She is a past recipient of the ASNR Women in Leadership Award and the AAWR Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology.

She is Past President of the American Society of Spine Radiology and has also served on the Executive Committees of American Society of Neuroradiology, American Society of Spine Radiology, and California Radiological Society. She is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. She is a member of SIIM, ASFNR, RadXX, ACR, ASNR, ASSR, and SBI.


• Artificial Intelligence
• Neuroradiology and Spinal Interventions
• Breast imaging AI-based CAD and triage platforms

Her most recent lectures cover the history, lexicon, and basic explanation of artificial intelligence as it relates to medical imaging. She also lectures on potential uses of AI in breast imaging for workflow reduction, improved productivity and accuracy as well as earlier detection of breast cancer. She also has lectures covering ethical and regulatory issues of AI including data curation. She has lectured extensively on neuroimaging topics such as imaging of traumatic brain imaging, imaging of spinal implants, image-guided spinal interventions for pain management, and MOC case-based presentations in brain and spine.

Dr. Watanabe is a graduate of Stanford University and then attended UCSF School of Medicine where she was a Regents Scholar. She completed a radiology residency at UCLA and did fellowships at the University of Washington and USC in neuroradiology. She was Co-Director of MRI at Long Beach Memorial and was Director of Breast Imaging at two centers in Southern California.

  • Research & Publications


  • Imaging of Spinal Instrumentation. ASNR April 2009, Vancouver
  • Peripheral Nerve Imaging. ASSR February 2010, Las Vegas, NV
  • Invited speaker and Moderator. Spine MOC Case-based Review. ASNR May 20, 2010, Boston, MA
  • Current concepts in degenerative disc disease and Update on Nomenclature Revisions. WNRS, October 2010, Maui, Hawaii
  • Imaging of the Sacrum and Pelvis. ASNR June 2012, NYC, NY
  • Anatomy and Interventions of the Facet. ASSR, February 2013, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Invited speaker, SAM session, Imaging of spinal fluid collections, cysts, and interventions. ASSR, February 2014, Miami Beach, FL
  • Traumatic Brain Imaging. New techniques of Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI), MR FLAIR, Academy of Forensic Industrial Chiropractic Consultants, The Annual AFICC Practice Seminar, June 7, 2014, Irvine, CA
  • Postoperative Spine. Los Angeles Radiological Society, February 2016, Pasadena CA
  • Imaging of Spinal Devices and Optimization of Protocols. American Society of Spine Radiology, Annual Symposium. Bonita Springs, FL, February 2016
  • Reducing biopsies using a novel CAD algorithm for Mammography, RSNA, Chicago, IL,
  • Artificial Intelligence for reducing breast biopsies. RSNA, Chicago, November 2017.
  • Artificial Intelligence in Mammography. CRS/LARS, Los Angeles, January 2018
  • Lessons learned from Data Scientists. ASSR, Scottsdale, AZ, February 2018
  • Early Detection of Breast Cancer in Mammography using AI. ECR, Vienna, March 2018
  • Earlier Detection of Breast Cancer using Artificial Intelligence. RSNA, Chicago, November 2018
  • AI in Mammography: New Frontiers. AI Showcase, RSNA, Chicago, November 2018
  • Artificial Intelligence Primer for Radiologists, LARS/CRS, Long Beach, CA February 2019
  • Invited Speaker. Imaging of Postoperative Spine. ASSR, Miami Beach, FL, February 2019
  • Implants and Devices. ASSR, Miami Beach, FL, February 2019
  • Earlier Detection of Breast Cancer using Artificial Intelligence. Vienna, Austria, March 2019
  • Use of Artificial Intelligence to Improve Workflow in Mammography. Vienna, Austria, March 2019
  • Applying Smart Tech: Leading the Way. Pepperdine, Future of Healthcare Symposium, Marina Del Rey, March 2019
  • AI Primer for Neuroradiologists and Data Scientists. CSI Programming: Practical ML and AI Applications. ASNR,
  • Boston, MA, May 2019
  • AI Primer for Neuroradiologists ASFNR November 5, 2019, San Francisco
  • Can AI be Used in Mammography in Standalone Mode? RSNA 2019 (scheduled)
  • Invited speaker, Advanced Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Symposium, Use of AI in Breast Imaging Workflow,
  • Imaging of Spinal Implants. Steamboat Springs, CO March 2020 (scheduled)
  • Invited speaker, Advanced Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Symposium, Imaging of Spinal Implants. Steamboat Springs, CO, March 2020 (scheduled)
  • Data Curation in AI: Ethical and Regulatory Issues, ASNR 2020 (scheduled)


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