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Prism and Medical College of Wisconsin investigators receive $1.6 million NIH grant to develop advanced medical imaging tools
Date:11/16/2009

Prism Clinical Imaging, Inc., in collaboration with investigators at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, has received a $1.6 million, three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and clinically validate advanced medical imaging software that aids the diagnosis and treatment of patients with brain cancer.

"This project will allow us to refine and validate new methods for mapping brain function with MRI and for displaying the results in an intuitive format that greatly simplifies interpretation by the physician," said Edgar DeYoe, Ph.D., principal investigator, professor of radiology at the Medical College, and a co-founder of the company.

"Through Prism, we have developed software that gives physicians anatomical, functional and physiological image sequences in a single integrated view referred to as a "stack", similar to playing cards in a deck. We've also created a new display, a Functional Field Map, that instantly shows what the brain images mean for the patient's vision and movement abilities. This allows surgeons to identify and avoid areas of the brain that may be essential for movement, vision, and other functions, thereby permitting removal of as much of a tumor as possible without impairing a patient's brain function."

This multi-institutional grant includes researchers at Cleveland Clinic and Radiology Associates of Sacramento. At present, the new software is used primarily by research and academic institutions such as Froedtert Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Together the three sites hope to recruit 50 patients per year to the study.

Earlier studies have shown advantages of the functional field map for clinical use and commercialization. By further validating its potential in a controlled patient study, it will serve as a powerful tool to aid diagnosis, treatment planning, and follow-up assessment for virtually any brain pat
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Contact: Toranj Marphetia
toranj@mcw.edu
414-955-4700
Medical College of Wisconsin
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