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Western Digital Harnessing the Power of AI to Combat Breast Cancer

Feb 23, 2021

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Faizel Patel – 23/02/2021

(Twitter: @FaizelPatel143

Western Digital has announced that it has partnered with the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center to provide the storage foundation needed to scale and store critical research data focused on improving the accuracy of cancer detection from mammography scans.

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center’s AI Precision Health Institute (AI-PHI) has deployed Western Digital’s Ultrastar Data60 Hybrid Storage Platform filled with 720TB of Ultrastar hard disk drives (HDDs).

The organization is leveraging this data to run artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and deep learning to assess human health and predict the risk of disease to help relieve the increasing prevalence of cancer in the Pacific region.

John Shepherd, founder of the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center says AI has changed everything in terms of how problems with big data was addressed.

“When you’re going to examine six million images, it takes a lot of time. With fast and reliable access to large amounts of data and the power of AI, you can say ‘Okay, there’s an outcome difference between these two images, which may ultimately help us pick out the women that may develop cancer versus those that don’t.’”

With improved performance, ample capacity, and hundreds of terabytes of fast storage provided by Western Digital, researchers have a constant, quick flow of access to large amounts of data needed for AI workflows.

This helps them as they work to develop, curate and share the massive and diverse medical datasets for cancer research to solve this unique problem for women in Hawaiʻi, and other women around the world.





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