Researcher takes fresh look at AI and medical images

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Hamid Tizhoosh was looking for a new idea, a fresh start, when he began talking to doctors about how they do their jobs and how they might do them better. 

Six months into his consultations, with his engineering lab at the University of Waterloo reduced to a one-man show by a failed artificial intelligence (AI) startup, he heard something that almost floored him. 

Pathologists in the 21st century still rely on atlases — books of images from biopsy samples — and flip through them for potential matches to help diagnose new cases.

Really? Books of old images? That was it, the spark that sent the systems design engineering professor roaring down a productive new research path. 

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