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iSGTW Image of the week - Tissue analysis with grids

Image of the week - Tissue analysis with grids

An example of test analysis: left, the input image, a tissue slice from a donor; right, the slice digitized.
Image courtesy of Federica Viti, Università degli Studi di Genova

In the ongoing battle against disease, some researchers are taking standard tissue analysis a step further: a technique known as tissue microarray analysis, or TMA, helps researchers search tiny pieces of tissue for traces of disease.

Digitizing these images allows them to be analyzed and shared with the help of computers.

Using digitized TMA, researchers can access and analyze many tissues at once, saving time and expense.

Although sharing images between institutions certainly increases a researcher's resources, it can also add to their data burden, and it can also raise concerns about patient privacy.

A team from the Institute for Biomedical Technologies, National Research Council in Milan, Italy, and the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Information Technology, National Research Council in Genoa, Italy, are tackling these problems of storage, image processing and safety of patient information with the help of the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE infrastructure.

Their findings were presented at this spring's HealthGrid 2007 held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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