Feature | August 29, 2006 | Cristen Bolan

Top 10 of Tomorrow

Taking a MRI-guided breast biopsy in real time is a recent development and an important advancement in diagnosing breast cancer today. And while ITN recognizes our readers’ interest in timely applications for patients currently suffering from disease, on occasion, we look ahead to gain some perspective on the here and now.

In this month’s article The Top 10 Imaging & IT Technologies, we honed in on emerging technologies that will revolutionize medical imaging in the next decade, enabling doctors to take tremendous leaps in neurology, oncology and cardiology.

We found that science will leverage imaging even further in early screening and drug development. Such is the case with biomarkers, where it will become routine for physicians to examine the close correlation between the uptake of biomarkers and tumor regression using CT or MRI. Similarly, imaging will assist genomics in identifying genetic components in cancer at the cellular and molecular levels, as well as in proteomics, where imaging scanners will magnify protein content in a single cell culture or tissue and identify differences in protein expression.

We can never underestimate the role communication will play in the advancement of medical science. The language of tomorrow is Semantic Data Analysis, which will be spoken by intelligent systems that ‘speak’ to clinicians to facilitate understanding and better utilization of clinical data.

Without the experts, we would not have been able to provide our readers with such rare insight. To compile and rate the data, ITN asked a large number of radiologists, oncologists, cardiologists and IT gurus for their input and suggestions, and we thank them all. ITN would like to give a special thanks to Lindsy Strait, Chief Technology Officer Healthcare and Life Sciences, Sun Microsystems, for opening his mind to us, and we truly appreciate the efforts by the esteemed members of the ITN Advisory Board.
So, don’t wait for the future to come to you — turn to page 16 for the complete Top 10 list and get a glimpse of what science looks like tomorrow.

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