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Northern Illinois Proton Center on the Verge of Major Medical Breakthrough
Date:2/24/2010

his month and used at Loma Linda to collect the first ever 3-D images of humanlike phantoms.  Researchers will work three to four hours a night during three or four days each week on the project, and they will use the same proton beam that treats patients during the daytime.  By September, data collection will be complete and ready to feed into computers to process.

The software and computer technology required to process the data presents unique challenges.  Currently, it would take hundreds of hours to construct the 360 degree, 3-D images associated with proton scans using conventional computers.  This needs to be shortened dramatically to under ten minutes.  In order to develop the software needed to make this technical leap forward, a partnership has been formed that includes Drs. Nicholas Karonis and Kirk Duffin from NIU's Computer Science Department, Dr. Bela Erdelyi from NIU's Physics Department, Dr. Keith Schubert from Cal State San Bernardino's Computer Science Department, and Dr. Yair Censor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Haifa in Israel.

"We are willing to partner with everyone that wants to advance the field of proton therapy, whether they are researchers, physicists, engineers, or docto
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