CS400 Medical Informatics (Montefiore Medical Center)
The Sleep-Wake Disorder Center offers a summer project in Medical Informatics. The student will use multimedia development tools to develop program material related to sleep disorders medicine for physician and patient education. The comprehensive multimedia textbook of sleep medicine which incorporates audio, video, animation, Medline references and abstracts is continuously being expanded as new multimedia modules are developed. The student will select an area of interest and help develop an educational module using tools, such as a multimedia authorizing program Asymmetrix Toolbook, Adobe Photoshop, Quark Express and video capture software. In addition to CD ROM based multimedia software, the student may be involved in the development of multimedia on the World Wide Web using Netscape and Java applications. Pentium computers with 17" monitors plus appropriate video capture equipment and scanning equipment are available. The student for this project should be comfortable with using IBM compatible computer equipment and having a working knowledge of commonly used computer programs, such as word processing or spreadsheets. Programming experience in multimedia authoring or other program is preferable although not essential. Some knowledge, or use, of the Internet and World Wide Web is preferable.
Michael J. Thorpy, MB, ChB
CS401 Image Analysis
The project uses image analysis to study structure/function relationships in the brain. The rat motor system is the experimental model, and algorithms are applied to PET scan of human patients. The method used is 14 C deoxyglucose autoradiography to estimate glucose utilization, which is the basis of the PET scan methology for metabolic mapping. Typical problems are: 1) how to find the "significant feature" in an autoradiogram of PET scans using area measurements, contrast enhancement, color coding, 2) how to determine the alignment of opiate receptor "patches" and neural activity 3) most of the time in this clerkship would be spent experimenting with 3D Reconstructions image analysis systems on Macintosh and Silicon Graphics computers.
Lucy L. Brown, PhD