ARITA Seizaburo Dept.of Mathematics, Kansai Medical University, Professor, 数学教室, 教授 (20098601)
HOSODA Masaru Dept.of Oral Surgery, Kawasaki Medical School, Assistant professor, 医学部, 助教授 (20104804)
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¥1,800,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,800,000)
Fiscal Year 1997 : ¥600,000 (Direct Cost : ¥600,000)
Fiscal Year 1996 : ¥1,200,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,200,000)
Diagnosis with medical imaging such as CT scan essentially contains fuzziness because of subjective assessment of the findings by examiner.
We have developed a computer diagnostic supporting system using fuzzy inference, which allows objective assessment of cervical lymph nodes metastasis in head and neck cancer. The input and output membership functions were prepared for each item and the final assessment was made by the center of gravity of the max-sets of the output membership function. Evaluation of the adequacy for this system was performed in 67 CT scans of cervical lymph nodes in head and neck cancer patients by three examiners with different clinical experience.
The diagnostic accuracy of this system was approximately 90% for every examiner. This diagnostic supporting system appears to be beneficial for diagnosis of cervical lymph node metastasis by CT scan, however there was 4 false-negative cases in 67 cases.
Therefore this system was tuned up a membership function, and the possibility for a clinical use was evaluated.