How GPUs can help cancer patients
J Thoendell stashed this in Science
Graphics processing units, the processors that crunch and create graphics in consoles, mobile devices and PCs, can also help in non-gaming applications like cancer treatment,The Columbia Chronicle reports.
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas announced earlier this month that they used consumer grade GPUs to more quickly analyze and create images of diseased tissues and tumors captured with CAT scans.
According to Steve Jiang, director of the Medical Physics and Engineering Division and vice chairman of the department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern, creating an image using central processing units takes about 70 hours. Using the parallel computing technology in GPUs is significantly faster.
We're finally at the point in the history of technology where compute cycles are powerful enough to genuinely help with hard medical image processing.