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Mine Detection Software Repurposed to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Posted by Scott Kirsner  August 10, 2009 02:00 PM

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This week's Innovation Economy column focuses on Advanced Image Enhancement, a tiny Rhode Island company that has partnered with Hologic to bring some new software to market. The software, originally developed to assist the U.S. Navy in finding mines hidden underwater, aims to help radiologists diagnose breast cancer.

Here's a video report on the software and its origins. The caveat: it was produced by the Pentagon -- so expect a hefty dose of rah-rah.

The segment on Advanced Image Enhancement starts at about 55 seconds in...

The company was also featured in July on CNN Headline News (interesting that they re-used some of the Navy's footage...)

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About Scott Kirsner

Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.

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