TRUE-COLOR IMAGE WORKSTATION FOR PATHOLOGY RESEARCH

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 7389
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Potomac Medical Systems
Po Box 4212, Silver Spring, MD, 20904
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ruth E Dayhoff
 (202) 625-2121
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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Abstract
UNTIL NOW, THE BENEFITS OF COMPUTERIZATION HAVE NOT SPREAD TO IMAGE-BASED FIELDS SUCH AS PATHOLOGY. ALTHOUGH A FEW EXPENSIVE IMAGE-PROCESSING COMPUTER SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN USED FOR PATHOLOGY RESEARCH, AFFORDABLE, GENERAL-PURPOSE SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN UNAVAILABLE. IMAGE PROCESSING HAS BEEN LIMITED TO BLACK-AND-WHITE IMAGES. RECENT PROGRESS IN MICROCOMPUTERIMAGE-PROCESSING HARDWARE WILL NOW ALLOW THE PRODUCTION OF AFFORDABLE SYSTEMS THAT PROVIDE TRUE-COLOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND SOPHISTICATED IMAGE STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS. THE AIM OF PHASE I OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DESIGN A TRUE-COLORIMAGE-PROCESSING WORKSTATION FOR PATHOLOGY RESEARCH. THE WORKSTATION WILL BE BASED ON A POWERFUL MICROCOMPUTER, SPECIALIZED OFF-THE-SHELF HARDWARE TO OBTAIN TRUE-COLOR MICROSCOPIC IMAGES, AND A REMOVABLE WRITE-ONCE LASER DISK DRIVE TO PROVIDE HIGH-CAPACITY STORAGE FOR IMAGES. IMAGE-PROCESSING SOFTWARE WILL BE DESIGNED TO ALLOW ROUTINE IMAGE MEASUREMENT, MANIPULATION, IDENTIFICATION, AND ANALYSIS. RESEARCH WILL BE DONE ON ALGORITHMS FOR TRUE-COLOR IMAGE PROCESSING, AND A STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM FOR IMAGES WILL BE PLANNED. FINALLY, ALL SYSTEM COMPONENTS WILL BE INTEGRATED INTO A USER-FRIENDLY RESEARCH ENVIRONMENT. PHASE II OF THIS PROJECT WILL INCLUDE ASSEMBLY OF THE WORKSTATION, DEVELOPMENT OF IMAGE-PROCESSING SOFTWARE, TESTING, AND FIELD TRIALS.

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