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Interactive processing and visualization of image data for biomedical and life science applications.

Oliver G. Staadt, Vijay Natarajan, Gunther H. Weber, David F. Wiley, and Bernd Hamann.
M. Auer, H. Peng and A. Singh (editors),
BMC Cell Biology (special issue), 8:S10, 2007.


Background: Applications in biomedical science and life science produce large data sets using increasingly powerful imaging devices and computer simulations. It is becoming increasingly difficult for scientists to explore and analyze these data using traditional tools. Interactive data processing and visualization tools can support scientists to overcome these limitations.

Results: We show that new data processing tools and visualization systems can be used successfully in biomedical and life science applications. We present an adaptive high-resolution display system suitable for biomedical image data, algorithms for analyzing and visualization protein surfaces and retinal optical coherence tomography data, and visualization tools for 3D gene expression data.

Conclusion: We demonstrated that interactive processing and visualization methods and systems can support scientists in a variety of biomedical and life science application areas concerned with massive data analysis.