Google Research: Assisting Pathologists in Detecting Cancer with Deep Learning

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There are more than a few teams thinking about how to deploy deep learning advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment, but these recent results from the Google Research team stand out:

...the prediction heatmaps produced by the algorithm had improved so much that the localization score (FROC) for the algorithm reached 89%, which significantly exceeded the score of 73% for a pathologist with no time constraint. We were not the only ones to see promising results, as other groups were getting scores as high as 81% with the same dataset. Even more exciting for us was that our model generalized very well, even to images that were acquired from a different hospital using different scanners.

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