AIDA fellowship2019-09-25T15:40:59+02:00

AIDA fellowships

AIDAs kliniska fellows är personer som är anställda inom vården och som gör ett individuellt projektarbete med fokus på AI-baserade beslutsstöd inom bildmedicin i samarbete med tekniska innovatörer. AIDAs tekniska fellows jobbar precis som de kliniska men är istället ingenjörer eller datavetare som vill samarbeta med kliniska motparter. Nedan finns sammanfattningar av vad AIDAs fellows jobbar med.

Deep learning for thyroid pathology classification using 3D-OCT

Neda Haj Hosseini
Linköping University

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used in the clinical routine within ophthalmology and cardiovascular imaging with high potentials for other medical applications. Within this project, OCT is used for the end purpose of intraoperative surgical guidance and development of methods that can be used by surgeons for a quick and preliminary assessment of tissue abnormality to avoid unnecessary tissue removal and by pathologists to get a view of the tissue volume before preparing the samples for microscopy analysis.

The project aims at implementing deep learning on 3D-OCT images for automatic analysis and classification of diseased thyroid tissue versus healthy tissue. The OCT images are highly promising in showing the tissue microstructure in the thyroid organ, however, they are challenging to segment due to the imposed speckle noise in the scans and the depth dependent signal strength. Deep learning methods can improve the image analysis and tissue classification.

Constructing a deep neural network for choosing suitable CT protocols 

Henrik Andersson
Skånes Universitetssjukhus, Region Skåne

Foto: Emil Langvad

Upon receiving a referral for an emergency computer tomography (CT) exam, it is up to the radiologist to choose a suitable CT protocol. During a typical day on call, this task takes up a considerable amount of time as well as repeatedly breaking up the workflow of the radiologist, resulting in reduced effectiveness and an increased risk of errors in simultaneously performed tasks, such as interpretation of radiological exams. 

Deciding and choosing CT protocols for each individual patient is based on the specific clinical circumstances, including the patient’s symptoms, clinical findings, comorbidities, age and renal function. Since most of this information is provided in free text in the referral, automated selection is currently not available.

The aim of this project is to build, train and evaluate a deep neural network that, in the emergency setting, can choose a suitable CT protocol based on the referral text. In addition, such a deep neural network should be well suited for upscaling to include non-emergency CT-exams, in both in- and outpatients, as well as other modalities such as MRI and ultrasound.

Neuroradiology data to improve Data Hub functionality

Helene van Ettinger-Veenstra
Karolinska Institutet

The project aims to develop a deep neural network to classify chronic widespread pain with the use of structural MR images. Furthermore, we will investigate whether in addition the utilization of functional MR images and clinical data may improve this classification. Chronic widespread pain such as fibromyalgia (FMS) causes great suffering, yet is difficult to treat, partly due to the unpredictability of treatment effectivity. As fibromyalgia likely is a heterogenous group, classification of subgroups may be key to better initial choice of treatment. A convoluted neural network (CNN) is suitable to handle input of structural and clinical data such as questionnaires, and leaves possibility for input of functional data, blood samples, etc. as well. The contribution of structural images on pain patients is a novel contribution to the current AIDA-fellowships, and the wealth of clinical data available from neuroradiology and psychology including fMRI-data and clinical variables has the potential of opening up new research and data-analysis initiatives and possibilities. The output of this project can be supportive in future diagnosis of chronic pain, but will also be capable of classifying subclasses of chronic pain, this information can then be utilized for investigations for treatment optimization.

Novel Automatic Methods for Detection and Verification of Positioning Markers in an MRI-Only Workflow for Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy

Christian Jamtheim Gustafsson
Region Skåne

Radiation therapy offers treatment to prostate cancer patients by delivery of high radiation doses. For accurate dose delivery, gold fiducial markers are inserted in the prostate and used for prostate localization. CT-images are used to plan and calculate the radiation dose. The fiducials are easily visible in CT-images. MRI enables improved soft tissue visualization of the prostate and adjacent tissues compared to CT. CT is still needed for dose calculations. MRI- and CT-images are therefore used in combination for radiotherapy planning. However, the use of images from multiple image modalities requires image registration which can introduce uncertainties in the planning and thus contribute to a non-optimal treatment.

These uncertainties can be eliminated by basing the treatment planning solely on MRI-images, referred to as MRI-only. Exclusion of CT-examination also saves time for the patient and can reduce the hospital cost. An efficient MRI-only workflow requires the identification of fiducials to be performed with high accuracy and confidence in MRI-images, which is as a major challenge. Further, fiducial identification is a manual process and can be associated with significant inter-observer variation and considerable time requirement. For cost effective large scale MRI-only implementations these issues need to be resolved.

Integrating AI Based Image Segmentation into the Clinical Workflow of Knee Surgery Planning 

Simone Bendazzoli
Novamia AB

The aim of this project is to build a standalone software that integrates AI based segmentation methods with other image analysis tools. The software will support the clinical workflow for preoperative planning of knee surgery using high-resolution MRI images. The proposed solution is expected to reduce the amount of work needed to create personalized 3D models from patient’s MRI scans, generate quantitative measurements of the damaged parts and help the surgeon to better evaluate and plan the surgery. This process could take days for trained medical engineers to finish without the help of AI, but it could be shortened to less than an hour with the help of the advanced deep learning tools. The focus of this project will be to tailor the tools to support real clinical usage with easy deployment, user-friendly GUI and intuitive workflow in mind. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Chunliang Wang from KTH who is the PI of another AIDA project about simultaneous landmark detection and organ segmentation in medical images.

Collaboration on Automatic Detection of Pulmonary Emboli in CTPA Examinations

Dimitris Toumpanakis, MD
Uppsala University Hospital

Pulmonary CT

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a medical emergency in which blood clots travel to and occlude the pulmonary arteries. CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) has become the gold standard imaging modality for the diagnosis of PE and is now one of the most common radiological examinations performed in the emergencysetting.

Today the interpretation of the CTPA is done manually by radiologists, which is time-consuming and influenced by the stressful conditions of emergency medical care. Several automatic PE detection systems have been developed but none with acceptable accuracy for clinical use.

This project aims to develop a deep neural network for fast and precise automatic identification of pulmonary emboli in CTPA examinations that will be suitable for use in the clinical setting. To achieve this, the efforts of our team focus on the application of deep learning techniques on a large set of structured and meticulously annotated CTPA examinations.

The resulting system will save time for radiologists and secure a timelier diagnosis and treatment for patients having PE, reducing the risk of a fatal event and leading to improved clinical outcomes. In addition, the resulting data, methods and experience will help to pave the way for other applications of automated medical imaging analysis in the field of thorax radiology and emergencydiagnostics.

AI for Prostate Cancer Screening

Patrick Masaba
Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset Solna

Prostate cancer is the male equivalence of female breast cancer with an incidence of 9,000 to 10,000 new cases and a mortality of 2,500 men each year in Sweden. For men, in contrast to women, no screening program is available.

The current diagnostic chain involves a blood analysis for prostate specific antigen (PSA), that if elevated leads to transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsies. The 10-12 biopsies are taken in a systematic way without knowledge about where the cancer, if present, is located and therefore misses up to 50% of the significant cancers that needs treatment.

New evidence shows that pre-biopsy magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate, followed by targeted biopsies towards tumor suspicious areas is superior to the current diagnostic chain. Pre-biopsy MRI will be recommended in the recently revised version of the Swedish National guidelines. This will lead to a great increase in number of MRI examinations and consequently the workload for the radiologists.

Our project aims to combine knowledge from radiology, urology, epidemiology, statistics and computer science to develop an AI based digital tool that could independently diagnose and screen MRI images for potential signs of prostate cancer, rapidly shortening the time it takes to make a diagnosis and start treatment.

If successful our tool would have an immense impact on the increased demand on the medical workforce to diagnose and treat prostate cancer. Rapid real-time screening and diagnosis would be feasible and could lead to a national screening program for men. It would also contribute to the expansion and shift to smart algorithms use on the national medical stage.

Annotated Mammography Database for Testing and Developing AI Applications

Victor Dahlblom
Skånes universitetssjukhus, Region Skåne

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. In an attempt to find the disease as early as possible in order to reduce breast cancer mortality, large efforts have been made by establishment of mammography screening programs. Despite screening, a significant amount of cancer cases still is discovered through clinical symptoms between screenings. Computer aided detection based on artificial intelligence (AI) can be a way to make the screening more efficient both in means of resources and results. To develop and test such systems, access to large databases of annotated cases is necessary.

This project aims to build up a database of mammograms from the Malmö Breast Tomosynthesis Screening Trial, MBTST, to make the material accessible for testing different AI-based analysis tools. The MBTST is a breast cancer screening trial which includes digital mammograms and breast tomosynthesis examinations from 15,000 women with established ground truth. The planned future step will be to build a large database of all mammograms from 2004 and onwards in Malmö.

By the use of AI systems to assist the human reader in mammography screening, we foresee that more breast cancers may be discovered in time and the reading could be less time consuming which in the long run makes the screening program more effective.

AI-driven Image Analysis in Digital Pathology

Gordan Maras
Klinisk patologi och cytologi, Region Gävleborg

Digital pathology has been gaining attention from both clinical pathologists and technical developers over the last years. One of the interesting possibilities with the digitization of pathology is the use of image analysis. Parallel to the development of digital pathology there have also been an expansion of more advanced technology. An area that has been especially eye-catching is artificial intelligence (AI). The application of AI in digital pathology could potentially create powerful and versatile tools for use in the clinical setting. These could for instance be used for automatic calculation of specific cells or recognition of tumor cells within a lymph node.

In the upcoming project, it would be interesting to investigate the efficiency and the accuracy of AI-driven image analysis when it comes to counting specially stained cells (i.e. hormone positive cells). In addition, it would also be intriguing to look at the speed of the calculations and how these factors may be improved.

These types of tools for the digital pathology would allow for more distinct reporting to various physicians for a better decision making basis which in turn should provide a better and more effective patient care.


Collaboration on Simultaneous Landmark Detection and Organ Segmentation in Medical Images Using Multi-Task Deep Neural Network

Bryan Connoly
Karolinska sjukhuset Huddinge

Analysis of anatomy is an essential task carried out on all medical images. It can be time consuming and cumbersome, thereby taking time which could be better spent analyzing pathology or planning for treatment. This project aims to develop a multi-task deep neural network (DNN) for the detection of key anatomical structures on radiological images. It will also extract regions of interest (ROI) for further image analysis. This will be applied to orthopedic applications, specifically on 3D CT images of the hip, in preparation for surgery. This system will automatically label the bones, important landmarks, organs and ROIs. It will be able to learn with each image it processes and ultimately lead to improved accuracy as the number of images it analyses increases. This will save time for radiologists and surgeons, and will lead to more accurate diagnostics. This in turn will lead to reduced risk and improved quality of care and outcomes for orthopedic patients. This automated process will help to pave the way for other applications in orthopedics, but also in every part of the body, thus carrying out a step towards improved patient care using the help of computer analysis.

Automatic Detection of Lung Emboli in CTPA Examinations

Tomas Fröding
Nyköping Hospital

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious condition in which blood clots travel to, and occlude, the pulmonary arteries. To diagnose or exclude PE, radiologists perform CT pulmonary angiographies (CTPA). Today the interpretation of the CTPA is done manually by a radiologist, which is time-consuming and dependent on human factors, especially in the stressful conditions of emergency medical care. Several automatic PE detection systems have been developed, but none with acceptable accuracy for clinical usage. A general limitation in these previous efforts has been lack of expert annotated CTPAs for training and validation of the systems.

This clinical fellowship at AIDA will support the efforts of our team to develop a system for fast and precise automatic identification of pulmonary embolization in CTPA examinations. It will
to a considerable extent be devoted to structured and detailed annotation of a large set of CTPA examinations, aiming at removing a main obstacle to apply deep learning techniques in medical image analysis.

The resulting system will save precious time of both patients suspected of having PE and of radiologists during their daily clinical routines. This will, in turn, have a strong positive impact on the health system in Sweden, considering that CTPA is today one of the most common emergency CT examinations in the country.


Claes Lundström
Claes LundströmArenaledare



AIDA har sin fysiska bas på Centrum för medicinsk bildvetenskap och visualisering, CMIV, vid Linköpings universitet.CMIV har mångårig erfarenhet av att jobba med teknikutmaningar inom bildmedicin och att föra dess in i klinisk verksamhet. CMIV är också internationellt erkänt för sin kliniknära och tvärvetenskapliga spetsforskning inom bild- och funktionsmedicin, med verksamhet inom avbildning, bildanalys och visualisering. Du kan läsa mer om AIDA och CMIV på