Mining Technology to Help Treat Cancer Patients?

Nugget.ca reports that the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada is funding a study on the application of WipWare's photoanalysis software in the diagnostic imaging of cancer. The software is usually used to measure blasted rock particles.

A cancer researcher in Sudbury approached WipWare to see if its software could count cells which would improve accuracy for chemotherapy dosage, said company president and founder Tom Palangio.
The cells are microscopic compared to chunks of rock the company typically deals with, although cells have a more uniform size and shape, he said.

The company started a research program with various universities in Canada, including Nipissing, and it could take at least a couple of years to apply its imaging technology to medical care.
Part of that research is to find out if this medical use of the technology already exists.