Optical measurement of animal tumor volume for cancer research studies
Cancer researchers often study the effects of various treatments on tumors growing in animals (typically mice). investigators measure tumor growth several times per week and use an estimate of tumor volume calculated based on measurements of "length" and "width". There can be significant day to day and user to user variability leading to a not insignificant amount of uncertainty. This project seeks to develop a quick, reproducible and user-independent method of measuring tumor volume.
Possibilities include using an ipod touch and developing software. may be couple with a light grid projected onto the tumor to aid in contour delineation and size estimates.