Machine learning radically reduces workload of cell counting for disease diagnosis

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The use of machine learning to perform blood cell counts for diagnosis of disease instead of expensive and often less accurate cell analyzer machines has nevertheless been very labor-intensive as it takes an enormous amount of manual annotation work by humans in the training of the machine learning model. However, researchers at Benihang University have developed a new training method that automates much of this activity. Their new training scheme is described in a paper published in the journal Cyborg and Bionic Systems on April 9. The number and type of cells in the blood often play a crucial role in disease diagnosis, but the cell analysis techniques commonly used to perform such counting of blood cells--involving the detection and measurement of physical and chemical characteristics of cells suspended in fluid--are expensive and require complex preparations. Worse still, the accuracy of cell analyzer machines is only about 90 percent due to various influences such as temperature, pH, voltage, and magnetic field that can confuse the equipment.

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