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Precision Medicine – 4TU research programme

December 25, 2019


Imagine that there is a new way to improve the performance of medical diagnosis. Right now,
a patient like Peter has to visit the hospital several times. A skilled doctor needs to perform several imaging steps
to figure out what is wrong with him… which consumes valuable time. Since Peter and his doctor don’t know what they are dealing with,
time is crucial… forcing the doctor to use a ‘one size fits all’ method
to diagnose patients like Peter. On a global scale, millions of patients are affected
by this problem on a daily basis. Their diagnosis takes a long time and often feels generic. On one hand,
we’ve been using Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning… to discover abnormalities in the human body for over 15 years. However, the images used for this are generated in a range
of different conditions and from different sources; resulting in a loss of accuracy and precision. On the other hand, we have very detailed information about the
physics of imaging and the physiology of the human body… that is not being used by the A.I. to suggest a diagnosis. As the Precision Medicine team,
we are going to combine these two sciences into new techniques. We are going to integrate the physics and physiology
perspectives in the data the A.I. learns from. This will result in much more precise and explainable images… and will make it possible for the computer to paint a much richer picture… highlighting exactly what is wrong with this specific patient. As we bridge the current gap between the model-based world of physics,
and the data-driven world of A.I we will make it possible to come to a more reliable,
faster and more precise diagnosis than ever before! In this way, the doctor can communicate better with the patient… and develop a treatment based on precision medicine… resulting in less damage to the rest of the body. This will benefit millions of patients like Peter across the world!

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