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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Florida State Professor Develops Software That Could Detect Early Breast Cancer

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U-WIRE-11/10/2005-Florida State U.: Florida State U. prof. develops software that could detect early breast cancer (C) 2003 FSView & Florida Flambeau Via U-WIRE

By Celeste Eberhardt, FSView & Florida Flambeau (Florida State U.)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Many women and some men suffer from breast cancer at some point during their lives. The estimate of new breast cancer cases in the United States for 2005 is over 200,000 and the estimated deaths are over 40,000. The truth is that many times this kind of cancer can be detected in the early stages and treated without significant consequences.

Anke Meyer-Baese, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering, is working on a project for the development of instruments designed to minimize the time radiologists spend scanning over MRI images. This is a way of reducing human error, and as a result, the diagnoses become more accurate by creating a second opinion about patients.

The system is based on artificial intelligence, the ability of a technical system to perform tasks that are normally thought to have an association with human intelligence.

"In the context of medical imaging, it means designing intelligent software systems that emulate a radiologist's reasoning mechanisms when viewing a digital mammography," Meyer-Baese said.

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