Computer-aided Early Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer based on Deep Learning
Supervision by: Dr. Kuangyu Shi, Prof. Bjoern Menze
Contact: Dr. Kuangyu Shi, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains as the deadliest cancer worldwide and most of them are diagnosed in the advanced and incurable stage (1). For the year 2020, it is estimated that the number of cancer deaths caused by pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) will surpass colorectal and breast cancer and will be responsible for the most overall cancer deaths after lung cancer (2). This lethal nature of PDAC has led to the consensus of screening high-risk individuals (HRIs) at early curable stage to improve the survival (3-6). The lethal nature of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has led to the consensus of screening high-risk individuals at early curable stage. However, there is no non-invasive imaging method available for effective screening of PDAC at the moment.
Strong evidence has shown that the pathological progression from normal ductal tissue to PDAC is via paraneoplastic lesions, such as pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN?
), intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) and mucinous cystic neoplasm (MCN) (7). Pancreatic carcinogenesis progresses for years from precursors to invasive cancer, indicating a long window of opportunity for early diagnosis in the curative stage (8).
Deep learning technologies extend the human perception of information from digital data and its implementation has led to record-breaking advancements in many applications. The proposed master thesis will employ deep learning methods on CT or PET imaging for the early diagnosis of the precursor lesion IPMN.
The student is expected to have good knowledge in medical imaging. Advanced skill in python programming is required.
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