Previous Post Next Post

Mom

Brought to you by

Teen Programs Artificial Brain to Detect Breast Cancer – With 99 Percent Sensitivity

By joslyngray |

Seventeen-year-old Brittany Wenger of Lakewood Ranch, Fla. has created a most impressive science fair project. The high school junior won the grand prize at the Google Science Fair in Palo Alto, Calif. by writing a breast-cancer detecting app that diagnoses with an incredible 99.11 percent sensitivity.

The app, based on an artificial neural network, is basically a computer program whose structure is inspired by the way brain cells connect with one another. The program “learns” what to do by analyzing examples they’re given and perform better if they get more examples. They’re able to detect patterns in data that are too complex for human brains or other types of programs to analyze.

Brittany is hosting her app, called Cloud4Cancer, online, so that other doctors can enter in their own data, she said. Given more data, it should work even better, she wrote. She also thinks her approach can be used to make neural networks that diagnose other diseases, including prostate cancer and ovarian cancer.

Google Science Fair judges who awarded her the prize said her innovation will provide a cheaper and less invasive method for detecting malignant breast tumors.

Her Google Science Fair win earns her an internship at one of the institutions hosting the Google Science Fair. Google’s partners for the event are LEGO, Scientific American, National Geographic, and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. She also won a $50,000 college scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos Islands, and a trophy made of white Lego bricks.

Brittany is going into her senior year of high school. She plans to major in either science or computer science for her bachelor’s degree, and then attend medical school to become a pediatric oncologist, reports the Herald Tribune.

(Photo Credit: Google)

Read more from Joslyn at Babble Pets and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Recent posts:
U.S. Marines Take on ‘Call Me Maybe’ From Afghanistan (Video)
11 Totally Inappropriate ‘Totally Looks Like’ Pics for Moms
Should Milk Be Banned From School Lunches?
Most Common Reason for Not Using Birth Control: ‘I Didn’t Think I Could Get Pregnant’ (Um, suprise.)

 

More on Babble

About joslyngray

joslyngray

joslyngray

Joslyn Gray is the mother of four children with a variety of challenges ranging from allergies to ADHD to Asperger Syndrome. She writes candidly and comedically about this and her generally hectic life on her light-hearted personal blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy.. Read bio and latest posts → Read joslyngray's latest posts →

« Go back to Mom

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Comments, together with personal information accompanying them, may be used on Babble.com and other Babble media platforms. Learn More.

4 thoughts on “Teen Programs Artificial Brain to Detect Breast Cancer – With 99 Percent Sensitivity

  1. Affordable IT Services, Free IT Consultation,IT Research papers and all related to IT says:

    Excellent points altogether, you simply received a new reader. What could you recommend in regards to your publish that you just made some days in the past? Any positive?

  2. Reducing your computer's power consumption can be a surprisingly easy way to save money, do a little something for the planet, and extend your equipment's life. says:

    I’ll immediately grasp your rss feed as I can’t in finding your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service. Do you have any? Please let me know in order that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

  3. Создание сайтов says:

    Somebody essentially assist to make critically articles I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the analysis you made to make this actual put up incredible. Great job!

  4. icon files says:

    Absolutely with you it agree. In it something is also to me your idea is pleasant. I suggest to take out for the general discussion.

    P.S. Please review Card file Icon from database-icons

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.

Previous Post Next Post