The collaborative development project by Olympus, Oita University, and Fukuoka Institute of Technology played a role in the success of the world’s first AI guided surgery~ Software developed for generating training data effectively of surgical endoscope images for AI ~

March 7, 2019

Along with Oita University and Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Olympus Corporation (President: Hiroyuki Sasa) participated in the project called “Development of Medical Devices and Systems for Advanced Medical Services” initiated by the Japan Agency for Medical Research (AMED), and succeeded in collaborative development of a “medical system using AI to assist the surgeon’s decision making during surgery” (research head: Professor Masafumi Inomata, Oita University Faculty of Medicine). In this project, Olympus has developed software that effectively generates training data of surgical endoscope images of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) for artificial intelligence (AI). The training data generated by this software is fed to AI developed by Fukuoka Institute of Technology, which resulted in the software automatically identifying landmark organs and blood vessels. In December, 2018, the milestone verification experiment of indicator systems during surgery using AI was performed at Oita University and contributed to its success.

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