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The University of Alicante and La Fe Hospital Foundation in Valencia firm up the details of software for detection of melanomas

The project presented at the 2nd Forum for Technology Transfer in the Valencia region is being evaluated clinically and its current reliability is around 90%

Image of a case of melanoma From left to right , Daniel Ruiz Fernández, a member of the UA Research Group in Bioinspired Engineering and IT for Health - IBIS; Amparo Navarro Faure, Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation of the UA and d José Vicente Castell Ripoll, director of the Health Research Institute of the Hospital La Fe.

Alicante, 5 December 2013

An expert system able to differentiate skin melanomas from other benign lesions which, in the research stage, already has a reliability around 90%, has been developed by the Research Group of the University of Alicante “Bioinspired Engineering and IT for Health (IBIS). The software was presented in the 2nd Forum for Technology Transfer in Valencia "Connecting knowledge" as a success . This research project, which was conducted with funding provided by the Valencian government in 2007, was finished and waiting for clinical validation. The conference on R&D and Technology Transfer in the health sector, on 4 July in Valencia, where the research group met José Vicente Castell, director of La Fe Hospital Foundation in Valencia, managed to unite these two institutions, that are working at the present stage of clinical evaluation.

As expected by Daniel Ruiz , a member of the Research Group in Bioinspired Engineering and IT for Health - IBIS, the clinical evaluation will last around six to eight weeks including an improvement phase of the software, if required. << A bank of images diagnosed through biopsy was necessary>> the researcher explains. Since << it is based on artificial intelligence algorithms, if we feed it with a better quality database and greater quantity of images, we can improve the system >> Daniel Ruiz says.

The application would save costs and make the implementation of preventive campaigns of this type of cancer easier. The system analyzes the images of the skin lesion using by using AI techniques that imitate the reasoning of dermatologists.

The Forum was held on 4 November, 2013 at the Valencia Centre for Tourism Development (CdT) in order to make public a selection of these patents to the business sector. The presentation of the case study was moderated by Amparo Navarro Faure, Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation at the University of Alicante. Daniel Ruiz Fernández and José Vicente Castell Ripoll, director of the Health Research Institute of La Fe Hospital, presented the software as well as its advantages and applications.

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