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Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are developing a deep learning-based pattern recognition (PR)-OCT system that will automate image processing and provide accurate, computer-aided diagnosis of colorectal cancer potentially in real time. The technique combines OCT and deep learning to detect patterns in the images of normal and abnormal tissue samples.
The researchers began using OCT in 2017 as a research tool to image samples of colorectal tissue removed from patients at the Washington University School of Medicine. Yifeng Zeng, a biomedical engineering doctoral student, observed that the healthy colorectal tissue had a pattern that looked similar to teeth. However, the precancerous and cancerous tissues rarely showed…READ MORE