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1 Innovation in Education Awards Application Quantitative Image Analysis using Adobe ® Photoshop ® CS3 Extended Figure 1: Browser-based video tutorial for area measurements Project Director Heiko Spallek, DMD, PhD Asst. Professor, Center for Dental Informatics School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh 328 Salk Hall Phone: (412) 648-8886; Fax: (412) 648-9960 E-mail: [email protected] Co-Director Mark P. Mooney, PhD Professor, Oral Biology School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh 347 Salk Hall Phone: (412) 648-8833 E-mail: [email protected] Project Duration: May 1, 2008 – April 30, 2009
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2 Executive Summary An increased emphasize on fostering biomedical research at the University of Pittsburgh has resulted in a dramatic increase in basic, applied and translational research activities with student involvement at all levels. A key component of many modern biomedical research methods is the production of an array of images—such as histological samples, radiological images and various other imaging artifacts derived from diverse lab equipment—all of which need to be analyzed quantitatively. Few researchers use dedicated histomorphometric software applications, yet many need an easy way to perform basic quantitative analysis. The recently released Adobe ® Photoshop ® CS3 Extended software (subsequently referred to as “Photoshop”) offers researchers powerful tools to extract a wide array of quantitative data from images and also includes native support for DICOM images. Currently, there are no resources available to teach the skills necessary for these new software tools at Pittsburgh or elsewhere. The goal of this proposal is to meet this need by providing undergraduate students, medical students, postgraduate students, postdoctoral associates and other research personnel with a dedicated, just-in-time teaching and best practice resource for the measurement and analysis tools of this new Photoshop. Our proposal acknowledges that this topic is not currently taught in any of the six health science schools at Pittsburgh. Further, this proposal employs the power of the newly acquired Blackboard Content System to avoid the pitfalls of traditional classroom-based lectures, which do not accommodate the scheduling needs of students working in labs. This project proposes to develop: Quantitative Image Analysis using Photoshop : a CourseWeb course featuring step-by-step video tutorials as screen captures with instructor voice-over explanations covering the use of Photoshop’s measurement and analysis tools. Best Practices using Photoshop in Image Analysis : a self- maintaining supplement will provide students with a repository of best practices for additional help and support. The supplement
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