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The computer software being developed would especially aid in the hard-to-find cases and small lesions that are usually missed by traditional x-ray mammography.
"The outcome of the proposed research is expected to have substantial implications in health care by contributing to the improved diagnosis of indeterminate breast lesions by non-invasive imaging," said Meyer-Baese in a press release. "We will deliver a flexible and reusable software system in MR mammography."
This advanced system could start helping patients within a few years.
"[Computer-aided design] in digital mammography is becoming standard," Meyer-Baese said. "However, MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] mammography is still a new research area. My guess is that it will be in use for patients in a clinical routine within the next five to 10 years."
Meyer-Baese said she is already thinking about upcoming projects.
"We are in the process of submitting proposals with the Biomathematics Faculty at FSU to study biomedical image processing related to MRI and functional MRI," said Meyer-Baese.
The project is being funded by the National Institute of Health, a group that honored Meyer-Baese with the Career Award and provided the project with a research fund of $695,000.