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Deep Learning for Medical Imaging: Learning Clinically Useful Information from Images

Project description

Deep learning to improve medical imaging

Medical imaging has revolutionised diagnosis, treatment and follow-up, providing fundamental information on anatomy and physiology with very high spatial resolution. However, the imaging process can be stressful for patients, and it is difficult in the presence of motion. The key objective of the EU-funded Deep4MI project is to advance and automate medical imaging so as to provide higher diagnostic and prognostic accuracy for clinical decision-making. Using machine and deep learning techniques, scientists will improve image acquisition, reconstruction and analysis to extract more clinical information from medical images and optimise results interpretation.


Medical imaging has revolutionized medicine and healthcare like no other recent technology, and is now an integral part of diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment delivery and follow-up. It provides an unparalleled ability to image anatomy and function with high spatial (and temporal) resolution. Its success has led to a dramatic increase in the number of medical imaging examinations. Despite this success, medical imaging is often stressful for patients, requires patient cooperation and is difficult in the presence of motion (e.g. patient motion or breathing motion). Furthermore, even more than 100 years after the discovery of X-rays, the interpretation of medical images relies almost exclusively on human experts. All of the above mean that there is a strong need for increased automation and quantification in order to reduce costs, increase efficiency and patient-friendliness, and provide higher diagnostic and prognostic accuracy for clinical decision making.

At the same time, machine learning and deep learning techniques have made significant advances and have started to make a large impact in many real-world applications. The aim of this proposal is to exploit these advances to address the above challenges and to achieve a paradigm shift in the way information is extracted from medical images for diagnostics, therapy and follow-up. We will do this by developing a transformative and synergistic approach to medical imaging in which acquisition, reconstruction, analysis and interpretation will be tightly coupled, with bidirectional feedback between the different stages, in order to optimize the overall objective of the imaging pipeline: Extracting clinically useful and actionable information. To achieve this step change, the project aims to develop novel deep learning approaches for image acquisition, reconstruction, analysis and interpretation that can be trained in an end-to-end fashion, allowing fast and more efficient imaging.

Host institution

Net EU contribution
€ 2 499 900,00
81675 Muenchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 2 499 900,00

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