Abstract by Cassandra Boyce
Creating the Digital Pathologist for Rural India
India has the world’s highest rate of mortality due to cervical cancer. Despite this cancer's high treatability, there aren’t enough pathologists to read the pap smear slides. In order to streamline this process, we developed a low-cost, digital pathologist using deep learning to read pap smear results as a form of preliminary testing in order to decrease mortality rates. Deep learning alone cannot provide a solution because a housing is required for the hardware. The industrial design aspect of this project is also important to create a medical device that is not only functional and robust but unintimidating and accessible for those in rural India.