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AI-Based Pathology Diagnosis Tool in Development Detects 7 Types of Gastric Cancer
Image data from multiple hospitals improves the tool’s versatility and accuracy
Evident, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, announced the latest results from its ongoing joint research program to create an AI-based pathology diagnostic tool at the 20th annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Digital Pathology. The results show the diagnostic tool in development succeeded in expanding its AI detection to seven types of gastric cancer, highlighting its versatility for a range of pathology applications.
Meeting the Demand for Diagnostic Tools
There is an increasing demand for diagnostic tools that can help reduce the workload of pathologists. To meet this need, Evident began a collaboration with the National Hospital Organization Kure Medical Center and Chugoku Cancer Center in 2017 to develop an AI-based pathology diagnosis tool.
The first testing phase showed the diagnostic tool could successfully identify adenocarcinoma tissue from pathology whole-slide images. As part of the second research phase that began in November 2020, the tool was tested on 2,717 pathology whole-slide images provided by six hospitals³ in Japan to improve its versatility and accuracy.
Results from the Second Research Phase
By significantly increasing the amount of image data through collaboration with the hospitals, the diagnostic tool improved its AI detection of adenocarcinoma of tubular and poorly differentiated types and expanded its AI detection to identify other gastric cancers. It achieved a false negative rate of 0 to 2.5% in seven types of gastric cancer: adenocarcinoma, of tubular, papillary, mucinous and poorly differentiated types, gastrointestinal stromal tumor, MALT lymphoma, and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. A common AI discrimination threshold was set for all hospitals, demonstrating the improved versatility of the software.
As the second research phase continues, Evident aims to further refine the tool to prepare it for commercial use. The goal of this program is to deliver an AI pathology diagnosis software that can assist pathologists by 2023.
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About the National Hospital Organization Kure Medical Center and Chugoku Cancer Center
The Kure Medical Center and Chugoku Cancer Center is one of the core hospitals in western Japan. The pathology department performs a large number of pathological diagnoses on a daily basis, and also conducts pathological diagnosis of community medicine in cooperation with Hiroshima University and the Kure Medical Association Hospital. In addition, as a tumor pathology laboratory, they are conducting cutting-edge academic research, including the field of digital pathology. And as a member of the National Hospital Organization Pathology Council, they are also actively conducting clinical pathology research.