Professor and entrepreneur Maryellen Giger, PhD’85, brings computer-aided breast cancer detection and diagnosis from bench to bedside.

Jun 13, 2020
By Maureen Searcy

https://mag.uchicago.edu/science-medicine/image-health

With better breast imaging, radiologists could find, classify, or rule out cancer sooner—reducing anxiety, medical risk, and costs for millions of patients.

This is the goal that drives the work of medical physicist Maryellen Giger, PhD’85. Giger, the A. N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology, the Committee on Medical Physics, and the College, is a pioneer of artificial intelligence (AI) in cancer imaging. For decades she and her fellow medical physicists have been developing artificial neural networks to join forces with old-fashioned human intelligence in the cause of revolutionizing radiological imaging and analysis.