Artificial Intelligence and Fluorescence Guided Surgery for Intraoperative Cancer Classification
Fluorescence guided surgery uses indocyanine green and near-infrared end-laparoscopy to visualise tissue perfusion. The specific characteristics of neoplasia including angiogenesis means differences in tissue behaviour to the dye can be exploited most efficiently if artificial intelligence methods (in particular bio-physics inspired modelling) are employed. Here we show this in action.
The initial clinical pilot is now published open access online in the British Journal of Surgery https://academic.oup.com/bjs/advance-...
The work is part of a research consortium comprising University College Dublin, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and IBM Research in Europe and is supported by the Disruptive Technologies and Innovation Fund (DTIF), an initiative of the Irish Government via Enterprise Ireland. MMUH is a major surgical teaching and training hospital in Dublin as well as being one of Ireland's leading surgical centres in the fields of complex elective surgery, trauma and emergency surgery and adult cancer surgery.