Philips and LabPON Plan to Create World's Largest Pathology Database of Annotated Tissue Images for Deep Learning

PhilipsRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and LabPON, the first clinical laboratory to transition to 100% histopathology digital diagnosis, have announced its plans to create a digital database of massive aggregated sets of annotated pathology images and big data utilizing Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution (1). The database will provide pathologists with a wealth of clinical information for the development of image analytics algorithms for computational pathology and pathology education, while promoting research and discovery to develop new insights for disease assessment, including cancer.

Deep learning algorithms have the potential to improve the objectivity and efficiency in tumor tissue diagnosis. In recent years, 'deep learning' techniques for image analysis have quickly become the state of the art in computer vision and has surpassed human performance in a number of tasks (2). The challenge for executing deep learning techniques is having access to a database with sufficient high volume and high quality data from which to develop the algorithms. As one of the largest pathology laboratories in the Netherlands, LabPON will contribute its repository of approximately 300,000 whole slide images (WSI) they prospectively create each year to the database. This will contain de-identified datasets of annotated cases that are manually commented by the pathologist, and will comprise of a wide variety of tissue and disease types, as well as other pertinent diagnostic information to facilitate deep learning.

"Deep learning focuses on the development of advanced computer programs that automatically understand and digitally map tissue images in considerable detail: The more data available, the more refined the computer analysis will be," said Peter Hamilton, Group Leader Image Analytics at Philips Digital Pathology Solutions. "Together, LabPON and Philips have the competence and skills to realize this."

During a time where the pathologist shortage is mounting and cancer caseloads are increasing (3,4), the accurate diagnosis and grading of cancer has become increasingly complex, placing significant pressures on pathology services. Technologies such as computational pathology, could help pathologists with tools to work in the most efficient way possible.

"The role of the pathologist remains important by making the definitive diagnosis, which has a high impact on the patient's treatment. Software tools could help to relief part of the pathologists' work such as identifying tumor cells, counting mitotic cells or identifying perineural and vaso-invasive growth, as well carrying out measurements in a more accurate and precise way," said Alexi Baidoshvili, pathologist at LabPON. "This ultimately could help to improve the quality of diagnosis and make it more objective."

Next to the development of computational algorithms for diagnostic use, Philips intends to make available the database to research institutions and other partners through its translational research platform. This could enable selected parties to interrogate and combine massive datasets with the goal to discover new insights that ultimately could be translated into new personalized treatment options for patients.

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips' health technology portfolio generated 2016 sales of EUR 17.4 billion and employs approximately 71,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.

1. Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution is CE-IVD marked for use in primary diagnosis. In the United States, the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution pending review of a request for de novo classification.
2. Kaiming He Xiangyu et al. Delving Deep into Rectifiers: Surpassing Human-Level Performance on ImageNet Classification. And LeCun, Yann, Yoshua Bengio, and Geoffrey Hinton. "Deep learning." Nature 521, no. 7553 (2015): 436-444.
3. The Royal College of Pathologists, https://www.rcpath.org/profession/workforce/workforce-planning.html, Accessed December 2016.
4. International Agency for Research on Cancer and Cancer Research UK. World Cancer Factsheet. Cancer Research UK, London, 2014.

Most Popular Now

Which Self-Help Websites Actually Improv…

From depression to weight loss, insomnia to cutting back on alcohol or cigarettes, the Internet teems with sites that promise to help people improve their health. Which of these really...

Read more

Facial Recognition Software Helps Diagno…

Researchers with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and their collaborators, have successfully used facial recognition software to diagnose a rare, genetic...

Read more

AbedGraham and Highland Marketing Partne…

Global efforts to enhance clinical engagement and accelerate the impact of digital technology in improving patient care, will be boosted by a new bilateral relationship between two organisations dedicated to...

Read more

eHealth Hub: Call for the First Lean Sta…

The Lean Startup Academy is an unique opportunity to mature your business by systematically testing your ideas against the market with the support of experts. The course will help you...

Read more

Medtec Europe 2017: Discover the Latest …

4 - 6 April 2017, Stuttgart, Germany. Medtec Europe will once again provide over 7,000 attendees and more than 600 exhibitors from 70 countries the opportunity to share, learn, and discover...

Read more

Highland Marketing Recruits Strategy and…

PR and marketing agency Highland Marketing has appointed Lyn Whitfield to the new post of strategy and content director. Whitfield is a journalist by background, who has specialised in writing...

Read more

The Grants4Apps® Accelerator Berlin 2017

The Grants4Apps® Accelerator is a mentoring program for digital health startups taking place in Berlin. This year's batch with five startups runs from September until November. The program offers mentoring...

Read more

Philips and PathAI Team Up to Improve Br…

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and PathAI, a company that develops artificial intelligence technology for pathology, are collaborating with the aim to develop...

Read more

Health 2.0 Europe 2017

3 - 5 May 2017, Barcelona, Spain. The 8th edition of Health 2.0 Europe will take place in Barcelona in a new location: Fira Montjuic, Plaza España. Health 2.0 Europe will...

Read more

Biased Bots: Human Prejudices Sneak into…

In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how...

Read more

Allscripts Announces dbMotionTM Solution…

Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) announced today that its Community interoperability platform, dbMotion Solution, is now available through the cloud via Microsoft Azure. The cloud-based solution offers the same capabilities as the on-premise...

Read more

Public Funding Essential for Advances in…

In the budget President Trump recently submitted to Congress, he asked for a reduction in the 2018 funding of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) of almost 20 percent...

Read more
(HEALTH IT) SPACE - Take a look at who has just Joined