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Bio-Imaging Bank

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: IE


Context: Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), India’s largest cancer treatment facility, is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to address the increasing challenge of cancer cases.

  • TMH has established a ‘Bio-Imaging Bank’ using deep learning to create a cancer-specific algorithm for early-stage cancer detection.
  • The project involves a comprehensive repository of radiology and pathology images, linked with clinical information, for training and testing AI algorithms.
  • The initiative, funded by the Department of Biotechnology in collaboration with other institutions, has already reduced radiation exposure for pediatric patients by 40% using AI.
  • The hospital envisions AI playing a transformative role in cancer treatment, enhancing precision, and enabling timely diagnoses, particularly in rural India.