A pilot test begins to identify nodules indicating possible lung cancers on x-rays using Deep Learning technology
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Researchers from l'Parc Taulí Research and Innovation Institute (I3PT) and the technology center Eurecat will begin a three-month pilot test for identify nodules which may be indicators of possible lung cancers on radiographs using technology Deep learning.
The initiative is part of the project LuCaDAlert (Lung Cancer CAD Alert), in the framework of which algorithms capable of detecting nodules for lung cancer to the chest radiographs that are recorded in the digital medical imaging systems of the Diagnostic Imaging Service of Parc Taulí.
The purpose of the pilot test is to clinically validate the operation of the algorithms and will consist of the analysis of all chest plates that are not reported by radiologists -since they are performed for other purposes- to identify possible lung nodules. In all cases where these elements are detected by Deep Learning, the plates will be re-analyzed by a team of four radiologists to confirm or rule out the diagnosis.
On the part of Eurecat, which has been responsible for the algorithmic development in Deep Learning and its integration, the LuCaDAlert project has had the participation of researchers from the Medical Data Analysis group of the eHealth Technology Unit and of the team of Valorización of the technological center.
70 percent of lung cancer cases are detected in advanced stages of the disease, a fact that contributes to an increase in the associated mortality rate. In the European Union, this type of cancer is the leading cause of death in men and the third in women. Early detection of these tumors would improve survival in these cases.
LuCaDAlert was one of the winning projects in the Second Competition of Initiatives and Projects to Improve the Quality of Parc Taulí. This is a project initially promoted by Dr. Eduard Monsó, head of the Pulmonology Service of Parc Taulí and principal investigator of the I3PT, and Carles Rúbies, former CIMD worker and current CIO at the Hospital de Granollers. Currently the project is also led by radiologist Xavier Gallardo and the head of the CIMD, Josep Fernàndez
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