Now Doctors to Detect Cancer Cells with Artificial Intelligence
Researchers at University of Texas Southwestern have developed a software tool that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to recognize cancer cells from digital pathology images - giving clinicians a powerful way of predicting patient outcomes.
But the process of manually identifying all the cells in a pathology slide is extremely labor intensive and error-prone.
"To make a diagnosis, pathologists usually only examine several 'representative' regions in detail, rather than the whole slide. However, some important details could be missed by this approach," said Dr Guanghua "Andy" Xiao, corresponding author of a study published in EbioMedicine.
A major technical challenge in systematically studying the tumor microenvironment is how to automatically classify different types of cells and quantify their spatial distributions.
The AI algorithm that Dr Xiao and his team developed, called "ConvPath", overcomes these obstacles by using AI to classify cell types from lung cancer pathology images.
The ConvPath algorithm can "look" at cells and identify their types based on their appearance in the pathology images using an AI algorithm that learns from human pathologists.
The algorithm helps pathologists obtain the most accurate cancer cell analysis - in a much faster way.
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