The researchers of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) )Mandi in collaboration with  Aindra Systems Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, have  contributed in developing an artificial intelligence-powered device to screen cervical cancer by analyzing microscopy images with high accuracy . 

Cervical Cancer is among one of the deadliest forms of cancer and its early detection and treatment is vital for patients.

The researchers said, “The gold standard in screening for cervical cancer is the Pap smear test, in which cells extracted from the cervix are examined by specialists using a microscope. While the Pap smear test has undoubtedly helped in early detection of cervical cancer but it involves subjective analysis and is associated with risks of false diagnoses too. Moreover, for taking up this test the patients need to travel to hospitals and this facility is still not available at many places in India.”

 The researchers have developed AI-based algorithms which enables the device to undertake automatic screening for the cervical cancer. 

Dr. Anil Sao said, The algorithm is based on the recent deep learning paradigm of artificial intelligence and with shortage of pathologists in India, these algorithms will help in automating the process of screening Pap -Smear images with accuracy.”  

The research has been undertaken by a team led by Dr. Anil Sao and Dr. Arnav Bhavsar, Associate Professors, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering and Shrishti Gautam and Krati Gupta worked as research associates.

Telling about the research Dr. Arnav Bhavsar said, “The difference between a conventional system and Aindra’s point-of-care system is that the device developed is portable and can be taken to the patients while in conventional system, the people have to visit the pathology laboratory to get them screened.”

 Mr. Adarsh Natrajan, Mr. Harinarayanan and Mr. Nirmal Jith from Aindra Systems Pvt. Ltd. collaborated on the design and the development of the device.

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