Astronomical image algorithms in the analysis of medical microscopy data

In collaboration with Cancer Research UK, we have started a pilot study which applies automated astronomical image processing and data handling techniques to analyze Tissue Micro Array (TMA) image data. The initial validation of the system applied to the case of Estrogen Receptor marker data demonstrates the accuracy of the results compared against “gold standard” scoring. The algorithms are now being extended to cover a wider range of cytoplasmic and membrane markers. In order to support this research we set up one application server and one management server, connected to an Oracle database, with supporting web services (using tomcat and custom Java applications).