MEDICAL APPLICATIONS ON A GRID INFRASTRUCTURE CONNECTION
The MAGIC 5 Project aims at developing Computer Aided Detection (CAD) software systems for Medical Applications on distributed databases by means of a GRID Infrastructure Connection approach. The use of automatic systems for analyzing medical images is of paramount importance in screening programs, due to the huge amount of data to check. Examples:
- Mammographic images for breast cancer detection
- Computer Tomography images for lung cancer analysis
- PET images for the diagnosis of the Alzheimer disease
The need for acquiring and analyzing images stored in different locations requires a GRID approach of distributed computing system and associated data management. The GRID technologies allow remote image analysis and interactive online diagnosis, with a relevant reduction of the delays presently associated to the screening programs. From this point of view, the MAGIC 5 collaboration can be seen as a group of distributed users sharing their resources for implementing different Virtual Organizations (VO), each one aiming at developing screening, tele-training, tele-diagnosis and epidemiologic studies for a particular pathology.