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DOD enlisting AR microscopes to spot cancer
By GCN StaffSep 09, 2020
The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit will be working with Google Cloud on augmented reality microscopes (ARM) that use artificial intelligence to help military doctors with cancer detection.
The ARM is part of a new DIU project, called “Predictive Health,” which aims to leverage artificial intelligence to transform military health care. The project’s goal is to help improve the accuracy of diagnoses, reduce the amount of information physicians must process when diagnosing and treating cancer, lower overall health care costs and maximize readiness.
Google researchers first discussed ARM in a 2018 paper where they described how doctors using the ARM to examine tissue samples for diagnosis and staging would see an overlay of pathology-based cancer detection information. That additional insight would be generated by machine learning models trained on diagnoses from a team of pathologists who identified cancer in thousands of tissue images in de-identified public and private datasets.
The ARM has three main components: the augmented microscope, a set of trained deep learning algorithms, and a computer running software that continually captures the microscope images, runs the deep learning algorithms and displays enhanced results in the microscope in real-time.
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