Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

New technology to detect cancer

09.07.2008
Technology which will make it possible to semi-automate the process for detecting cancerous tumours more precisely is being developed by academics at the University of Hertfordshire.

Dr Soodamani Ramalingam and her team at the University are developing 3-D object recognition and image processing so that it will be possible to get a more accurate picture of human tumours so that cancers can be identified and treated accordingly.

They plan to make this exciting technology available within three years to hospitals throughout the UK and seek collaborators and further funding to make this happen.

In collaboration with the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre where clinical image data is acquired, the team is using a combination of Fuzzy Logic (a type of logic that recognizes more than simple true and false values) and Image Processing to identify cancer and establish accurately how far it has spread.

“This new method of image analysis imaging will be more accurate in defining tumour edges, and will potentially allow more effective treatments,” said Dr Ramalingam.

According to the researchers, the technology, which will also have applications in other medical fields, will compliment traditional Positive Emission Tomography (PET) and Computer Tomography (CT) scans because the fusion of Fuzzy Logic and Image Processing will produce better defined tumour images and so greater certainty in diagnosis and treatment.

“The classical mathematical approaches to looking at clinical scans do not always produce high resolution images,” said Dr Ramalingam. “In some cases this means that specialists cannot interpret the PET/CT scan very easily, so there is always a certain degree of uncertainty that our advanced analysis techniques will address.”

Helene Murphy | alfa
Further information:
http://www.herts.ac.uk

More articles from Medical Engineering:

nachricht MRI technique differentiates benign breast lesions from malignancies
20.02.2018 | Radiological Society of North America

nachricht True to type: From human biopsy to complex gut physiology on a chip
14.02.2018 | Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

All articles from Medical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: In best circles: First integrated circuit from self-assembled polymer

For the first time, a team of researchers at the Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, has succeeded in making an integrated circuit (IC) from just a monolayer of a semiconducting polymer via a bottom-up, self-assembly approach.

In the self-assembly process, the semiconducting polymer arranges itself into an ordered monolayer in a transistor. The transistors are binary switches used...

Im Focus: Demonstration of a single molecule piezoelectric effect

Breakthrough provides a new concept of the design of molecular motors, sensors and electricity generators at nanoscale

Researchers from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), Institute of Physics of the CAS (IP CAS) and Palacký University...

Im Focus: Hybrid optics bring color imaging using ultrathin metalenses into focus

For photographers and scientists, lenses are lifesavers. They reflect and refract light, making possible the imaging systems that drive discovery through the microscope and preserve history through cameras.

But today's glass-based lenses are bulky and resist miniaturization. Next-generation technologies, such as ultrathin cameras or tiny microscopes, require...

Im Focus: Stem cell divisions in the adult brain seen for the first time

Scientists from the University of Zurich have succeeded for the first time in tracking individual stem cells and their neuronal progeny over months within the intact adult brain. This study sheds light on how new neurons are produced throughout life.

The generation of new nerve cells was once thought to taper off at the end of embryonic development. However, recent research has shown that the adult brain...

Im Focus: Interference as a new method for cooling quantum devices

Theoretical physicists propose to use negative interference to control heat flow in quantum devices. Study published in Physical Review Letters

Quantum computer parts are sensitive and need to be cooled to very low temperatures. Their tiny size makes them particularly susceptible to a temperature...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

2nd International Conference on High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys (HTSMAs)

15.02.2018 | Event News

Aachen DC Grid Summit 2018

13.02.2018 | Event News

How Global Climate Policy Can Learn from the Energy Transition

12.02.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Researchers invent tiny, light-powered wires to modulate brain's electrical signals

21.02.2018 | Life Sciences

The “Holy Grail” of peptide chemistry: Making peptide active agents available orally

21.02.2018 | Life Sciences

Atomic structure of ultrasound material not what anyone expected

21.02.2018 | Materials Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>