Research of the Junior Group MIC

The research of the Junior Group MIC is composed of three groups focusing on Medical Image Analysis, the Medical Imaging Interaction Toolkit (MITK), and Software development for Integrated Diagnostics and Therapy (SIDT).

Medical Image Analysis

PD Dr. Klaus Maier-Hein

The success of therapies depends on medical decisions that are tailored to the individual patient. In this context, a medical imaging-based characterization of structural, functional, and anatomical tissue properties is essential. Considering the increasing complexity of medical imaging technologies, it becomes more and more difficult for physicians to extract and integrate relevant information from multiple scales, time-points, and imaging modalities when it comes to the diagnosis of complex and individual diseases. The “Computational Disease Analysis” group with Dr. Klaus Maier-Hein (né Fritzsche) as PI was initiated in April 2010 to meet these challenges. The group became an independent research group called “Medical Image Computing” in June 2014.

The group is developing computational and mathematical methods for an extraction and interpretation of clinically relevant parameters from medical images. Our development comprises techniques from network analysis, graphical modeling, statistical shape and appearance modelling, and machine learning for multi-parametric domain integration and high-level decision making. The group especially focuses on the neuroimaging-based analysis of the human brain’s network architecture and its dynamic change in different psychiatric and oncologic scenarios.

 

Software development for Integrated Diagnostics and Therapy (SIDT)

Dr. Ralf Floca

 

The research group “SIDT” was established to facilitate  translation within the research program “Imaging and Radiooncology”. Ultimately our goal is to build bridges to overcome the gaps between state-of-the-art research and clinical application.

Thus “translation” is in two ways a defining term for SIDT. First, the domain translation: we provide software applications and IT-infrastructure for translational research and exchange between the departments. Second: the research translation: we develop dedicated software to help medical doctors in diagnostics and on therapy planning (including inter alia the development of new algorithms as well as requirements and workflow engineering).

The focus of our group is the implementation of the “service based research” concept within the research program “Imaging and Radiooncology”. This includes, amongst other, following main goals:

  • establishing a central service to exchange scientific data and access study related information.
  • introducing a service oriented architecture for software development in the research program
  • making state-of-the-art software available to medical doctors (e.g. at the National Center for Tumor Diseases Heidelberg)
  • mentoring the exchange of know-how and of software resources as well as collaborations

Next to our main project, we also have a number of dedicated research projects aimed to answer specific open questions in medical software developmement, radiooncology or radiology. These projects are mainly located in the following working fields: evaluation & optimization, medical image processing, translational software infrastructure and quality assurance. For more information on the individual projects please refer to our “projects” section.

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