Opportunities for the transfer of astronomical technology to medicine

Hughes, Stephen W. (2007) Opportunities for the transfer of astronomical technology to medicine. Australasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine, 30(4), pp. 292-294.

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There are many examples of technology transfer from astronomy to medicine, for example algorithms for reconstructing X-ray CT images were first developed for processing radio astronomy images. In more recent times, X-ray detectors developed for the Hubble Space Telescope have been used in a fine-needle breast biopsy system. Software originally developed to mosaic planetary images has been incorporated into a system for detecting breast cancer. Australia has expertise in the development of instrumentation for producing radio images from an array of radio telescopes and in multi-object fibre systems for capturing the spectra of hundreds of stellar objects simultaneously. Two possible applications of these Australian technologies are suggested that may merit further exploration. A meeting between interested parties is suggested to discuss future directions and funding.

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ID Code: 16887
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: technology transfer, astronomy, medicine
ISSN: 0158-9938
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Physical & Chemical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2008 01:48
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:39

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