Microsoft and Paige (a company specializing in digital pathology as a resource for clinical applications) collaborate on the creation of the “largest database in the world”, an archive from which it is possible to train models based on artificial intelligence for the diagnosis of tumors.
CNBC reports that the AI model in question is trained on an unprecedented amount of data, including billions of images. It is possible to identify both rare and less common tumors, which are notoriously difficult to diagnose; the researchers also hope that this tool can be of help to doctors who find themselves struggling with staff shortages and consequent workload.
Paige already offers some solutions that exploit AI, designed for pathologists (the doctor specialized in clinical pathology who deals with analyzing biological samples of tissue, blood or other liquids and secretions by carrying out macro and microscopic morphology investigations, chemical, immunological analyses). , microbiological and molecular with the aim of identifying and diagnosing the presence of a pathology). These professionals often work “behind the scenes” but are essential in suggesting the path that patients should follow.
“You don’t have cancer until the pathologist says so, a critical step in the entire medical field,” reports Thomas Fuchs, co-founder and chief scientific officer of Paige. Despite the essential role of pathologists in medicine, Fuchs reports that their work has not changed in the last 150 years. To diagnose cancer, for example, the pathologist typically examines a piece of tissue on a slide placed on a microscope; the method is tried and tested and works but if the pathologist forgets to take certain elements into consideration, there can be very serious repercussions for the patient.
In 2019, Paige collaborated with Philips to bring artificial intelligence to clinical pathology diagnostics, again with the aim of helping pathologists identify, quantify and characterize cancer in tissue samples and make precise diagnoses more efficiently.
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