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The National Institutes of Health reported giving $400,000 for further development of a computer program used to analyze brain scans produced by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The two-year grant is the first University of Central Florida (Orlando) has received from money allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus program.

The funding will enable Mubarak Shah, UCF's Agere Chair professor of computer science, and his collaborators to work together on the complex task of automatically measuring and comparing the size of a tumor in 3-D from MRI scans.

Radiologists are typically hindered in their analyses by a variety of factors, such as tumors that are irregular in shape or have jagged edges, tumors with liquefied centers, or surrounding tissue that is deformed or changing shape.