Biomedical imaging methods help in diagnostics, therapy and clinical research. For example, we are working in cooperation with cytopathologists on image-based evaluation of cell collections that can be obtained from patients by painless smears in order to diagnose cancer as early and as gently as possible.
Other projects involve filtering digital x-ray data to better visualize coronary arteries, for example, and analyzing thickenings of the lung pleura in 3D computed tomography (CT) image data. These thickenings are caused by inhaled asbestos fibers, and can develop into so-called pleural mesotheliomas. Early detection and quantitative measurement of these malignant tumors is critical for patient treatment.