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Story tips from the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory February 2010
Date:2/3/2010

HEALTH CARE - Maximizing mammography . . .

Mammograms could conceivably save more lives with a technology being developed by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Chicago. The proposed system would allow doctors to quickly identify trends specific to an individual patient and also match images and text to a database of known cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. "Our goal is to develop a decision and support system that helps doctors and patients," said Robert Patton of ORNL's Computational Sciences and Engineering Division. "There is a wealth of existing information that doctors could be using but with time and resource constraints it is virtually impossible." So far, researchers have studied 60,000 mammograms of 12,000 patients. This project, which makes use of the lab's ultra-scale computing, is funded through ORNL's Laboratory Directed Research and Development program. [Contact: Ron Walli, (865)576-0226; wallira@ornl.gov]

CYBERLAND - Advanced attack analysis . . .

Intrusion detection systems used by governmental agencies, large companies and others who want to prevent cyber attacks could soon be turbocharged with a highly sophisticated tool being developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Oak Ridge Cyber Analytics, dubbed ORCA, greatly boosts the performance of existing cyber attack systems by filtering noise and quickly making sense of massive amounts of data. "ORCA effectively sits on top of off-the-shelf intrusion detection systems and its correlation engine processes information and learns as cyber events arrive," said Justin Beaver, who leads the development team. Key features include ORCA's ability to interact with the operator, its flexibility and configurability. Cyber security is becoming an increasingly bigger national concern as a recent Congressional Research Service study pegged the cost of cyber attacks on businesses at $226 bill
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Contact: Ron Walli
wallira@ornl.gov
865-576-0226
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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