Pathologist in a box for automated cancer diagnosis

Biological Physics Seminar - Fall 2009

"Pathologist in a box for automated cancer diagnosis"
Alan Nelson
Exec. Director, The Biodesign Institute
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Location: Biodesign B105
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Host: Timothy Newman
In most of the Western world, the diagnosis of cancer is performed exclusively by a pathologist, not an oncologist, radiologist or any other physician who actually deals with the cancer patient. For this most important diagnosis, the pathologist uses an instrument that, in principal, is over 300 years old. Even more amazing is that the pathologist makes no measurements whatsoever, and yet the pathologist\'s diagnosis is taken as truth. In an attempt to automate the pathologist using state-of the-art microscopy, computerized image processing and classification, the so called \"pathologist in a box\" concept encounters many obstacles; some technical and others psychological in nature. We will explore the complex question of automating the pathologist with regard to both areas of challenge.


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