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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 10, 2003

UI Researchers Receive Grant To Study Breast MRI Lesions

A team of University of Iowa engineering and medical researchers has received a grant from Confirma, Inc. of Kirkland, Wash. to investigate improved classification of breast lesions using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neural networks. The award consists of $5,000, plus free installation of the company's breast magnetic resonance image analysis software workstation.

Grant-writer and UI biomedical engineering doctoral student Lina Arbach will conduct the investigation. Under the terms of the agreement, Dr. Alan Stolpen, associate professor of radiology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will serve as principal investigator. Other participants are Dr. Laurie Fajardo, professor and chair of the department of radiology, Dr. Kevin Berbaum, professor of radiology; and Dr. Joseph Reinhardt, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the UI College of Engineering and Arbach's faculty advisor.

Confirma, Inc. develops and markets innovative computer-aided-detection (CAD) systems that enhance workflow and quality control of medical imaging studies. Confirma's CAD products improve the way radiologists analyze medical imaging studies. The company's initial product, CADstream, is the first CAD system designed specifically for MRI. In its initial application, CADstream is being applied to breast MRI studies.

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