The Food and Drug Administration recently approved new medical imaging technology to process images and pinpoint regions of interest.

The MED-SEG system from Largo, Md.-based Bartron Medical Imaging Inc. is based on a computer algorithm developed at NASA's Goddard Space Fight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The software groups an image's pixels together at different levels of detail to enable image segmentation to a higher level than currently available, according to NASA.

For instance, the software can take a satellite image of a land area, filter out the lakes, vegetation, roads and developed areas, and pinpoint potential locations for archeological digs based on differences in vegetation covering the site compared with surrounding flora. The same can be done with a mammogram by filtering out much of the features of the breast while leaving white regions of interest.

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