Scientists use AI and machine learning to detect cancer with more accuracy

UCLA scientists say they can accurately identify cancer cells in bloodstreams

Science

Scientists in California have developed a microscope that uses machine learning and photonic time stretch to locate cancer cells more efficiently.

The microscope, invented by UCLA scientists, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse 36 million images per second, more accurately identifying cancer cells present in blood samples.

Currently, doctors track cancerous cells by adding biochemicals to blood samples, which then add labels to them for later detection.

Advertisement - Article continues below

However, this can damage the cells, making the samples useless. Other techniques include identifying cancer cells by their physical characteristics, but they can be inaccurate. 

The AI microscope images cells without destroying them and can identify characteristics such as size, granularity and biomass.

This is possible because of a photonic time stretch microscope invented by the UCLA scientists, which has allowed cell identification to reach 95 per cent accuracy.

The photonic time stretch works by taking pictures of flowing blood cells with laser bursts, boosting clarity and slowing them down enough to be detected and digitised.

Commenting on the technology, Ata Mahjoubfar, said: "Each frame is slowed down in time and optically amplified so it can be digitised. This lets us perform fast cell imaging that the artificial intelligence component can distinguish."

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

"The photonic time stretch technique allows us to identify rogue cells in a short time with low-level illumination," added Chen.

Featured Resources

Preparing for long-term remote working after COVID-19

Learn how to safely and securely enable your remote workforce

Download now

Cloud vs on-premise storage: What’s right for you?

Key considerations driving document storage decisions for businesses

Download now

Staying ahead of the game in the world of data

Create successful marketing campaigns by understanding your customers better

Download now

Transforming productivity

Solutions that facilitate work at full speed

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/business/business-operations/356395/nvidia-overtakes-intel-as-most-valuable-us-chipmaker
Business operations

Nvidia overtakes Intel as most valuable US chipmaker

9 Jul 2020
Visit/laptops/29190/how-to-find-ram-speed-size-and-type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

24 Jun 2020
Visit/server-storage/servers/356083/the-best-server-solution-for-your-smb
Sponsored

The best server solution for your SMB

26 Jun 2020