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IIT KGP researchers develop tools to diagnose lung diseases

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Researchers at IIT have developed a to diagnose malignant and other diseased tissues in the lungs.

The system has been developed by the researchers of the engineering of the institute.

was quoted having said in an IIT KGP statement, "Biopsy especially in the lungs is a critical process, hence conducted only after initial medical analysis is done by expert radiologists.

"The developed system uses non-invasive and comparatively affordable methods of image analysis that would aid the radiologists to identify malignancy by reading growth in the nodules."

The other system will help identify interstitial patterns in HRCT (High-Resolution Computed Tomography) images depicting the tissue texture, Mukhopadhyay said.

Interstitial (ILD) broadly describes a diverse collection of more than 200 while is a method of producing a three-dimensional image of the internal structures of a solid object such as the human body.

The medical image scan database used for reference was taken from Indian patients and the IIT KGP researchers worked with a team from PGIMER Chandigarh for collecting data ground truth and clinical data.

"Foreign database have also been used but the biopsy cases were primarily taken from the PGIMER," said in the statement.

The ILD tool is developed by incorporating feedback from expert radiologists to make it easy to use for non-tech savvy clinicians.

The software is equipped with necessary modules such as automatic segmentation of lung boundary and pathological region within lung area and the mapping of is performed by doctors based on clinical inputs, the statement said.

"We have successfully tested both at AIIMS Delhi....Currently our success rate is higher than 80 per cent in identifying both cases. We are working towards further improvements in order to conduct clinical trials on bigger sample sizes," another said.

The research has been reported in more than 13 international journals and 19 international conferences through its various stages of progress, the statement said.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 14:45 IST