At the NIH Pi Day celebration I gave a lightning talk on applying deep learning to histology images. A video of the event is now available at NIH Videocast.
During the one hour event there were presentations on ten different projects. I was the second speaker and began at 8:48.
I am using deep learning to identify glomeruli in kidney biopsies. When we are unsure about the specific type of kidney disease a patient has we take a small biopsy to look at the kidney. It is often differences in the glomeruli that define the type of disease. Pathologists study the biopsy to define the type of kidney disease. These skilled pathologists spend significant time locating the glomeruli. A machine can do this simple step. The pathologist can then focus on the harder disease identification task.
Deep neural networks are typically too slow to train on CPUs. Instead, GPUs are used. The example in the notebook uses a relatively small network so should be runnable on any hardware.