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Published: 2021-12-02

Three million SEK to AI project to improve the treatment of child cancer

NEWS Tommy Löfstedt at the Department of Computing Science at Umeå University is one of the researchers who is granted funding by the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund for research in medical technology.

Text: Ingrid Söderbergh

Tommy Löfstedt is granted three million SEK over three years to automate radiation therapy in pediatric oncology with the help of AI. Before a radiation treatment, an oncologist or radiologist marks structures in anatomical images of the area to be treated. The doctor marks the tumor, but also the surrounding organs that must be avoided in order not to be damaged by the treatment.

This is a time-consuming procedure when done manually and the software that is available today is primarily developed for adult patients.

“We want to develop automatic segmentation methods for children, methods that automatically find the areas in an image that constitute a tumor or a risk organ, which must be of sufficiently high quality to be able to function for clinical use, says Tommy Löfstedt, associate professor at the Department of Computing Science, Umeå University.

Four researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Uppsala University, Linköping University and Umeå University are now granted research funding totalling SEK 7 million.

Read more about Tommy Löfstedts research project here

For more information, please contact:

Tommy Löfstedt
Associate professor