Google Develops Augmented Reality Microscope to Better Detect Cancer

Google Develops Augmented Reality Microscope to Better Detect Cancer
Google AI researchers developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can accurately detect cancer — prostate and breast cancer so far — in a standard microscope in real time. Besides its potential with cancer, this technology may be helpful in diagnosing other diseases and in several other research areas. Findings of the study, titled “An Augmented Reality Microscope for Real­time Automated Detection of Cancer,” were shared in the Google AI blog and recently presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Microscopic review of tissues, such as biopsy samples, on glass slides by a pathologist — a physician specializing in disease diagnosis based on examination of body tissues and fluids — is the current gold standard for cancer diagnosis. However, cancer diagnosis is a time-consuming process because it can be like searching for a needle in a haystack, involving the screening of a vast amount of data, and tumors often resemble healthy tissue. Digital pathology transforms tissue samples on glass slides into digital images, which have been used to create AI algorithms that improve diagnostic accuracy. However, digital pathology systems are still very exp
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  1. Stephen B. Strum says:

    First, I wonder when this will be commercially available. Second, I would speculate that with the technology we have, it should be possible to create an algorithm to determine Gleason grade and amount of that grade and come up with an automated path report. Those having expertise in special areas of pathology are using our own “algorithms” and often the mental approach that is taken in viewing tissue under the microscope is fixed along the lines of our own algorithms. Thus it should be possible to emulate that with a software program and avoid the very frequent mis-staging that occurs with PC and other neoplastic diseases.

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