'DeepDOF' AI Microscope Could Confirm Tumor Removal in Minutes

When surgeons remove cancer, one of the first questions is if all the cancerous tissue was removed. Researchers from Rice University  and the University of Texas have developed a new microscope that can quickly and inexpensively image large tissue sections, even during surgery, to find the answer. The microscope can rapidly image relatively thick pieces of tissue with cellular resolution, and could allow surgeons to inspect the margins of tumors within minutes of their removal. The deep learning extended depth-of-field microscope (DeepDOF) utilizes the AI technique of deep learning to train a computer algorithm to optimize both image collection and image post-processing.