Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence could pinpoint success of rectal cancer treatment based on routine MRI


Viswanath went on to explain that patients with rectal cancer are sometimes “overtreated” with unnecessary surgery because physicians do not have a method to reliably predict how patients might respond to other treatments beforehand. This is where CWRU’s AI research comes into play. 

Viswanath will collaborate with professors from CWRU, as well as physicians from University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and the VA Medical Center to retrospectively analyze the data from more than 2,000 patients with confirmed rectal cancer. Out of those cases, 450-500 of them will have radiomic tools applied to ascertain whether surgery could have been avoided. 

“With this award, his team will be able to validate these tools in a multi-institutional setting with CWRUs various affiliate medical partners, setting the stage for prospective clinical trials,” said CCIPD Director Anant Madabhushi, the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering at CWRU. 

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