With over 20 years of experience in R&D in Health, INESC TEC highlights the Semantic PACS software - Picture Archiving and Communication System with Semantic Search Engine, a project in the breast cancer area that makes it possible to automatically analyse mammograms. The process is based on comparing similar cases and the software automatically analyses and validates cases where a breast cancer diagnosis is clear. This innovative system is 100% reliable when detecting malignant tumours. It reduces the waiting time for a diagnosis, thus reducing the patient’s emotional stress, and represents a significant advance in the detection of breast cancer.
Another technology developed by INESC TEC in this area aims at helping patients to choose between surgical treatment options for breast cancer according to the aesthetic result. The tool, which results from project PICTURE - Patient Information for the Combined Assessment of Specific Surgical Outcomes in Breast Cancer, combines 3D images and radiological images, and makes it possible to predict what will be the appearance of the breast after undergoing conservative surgery (lumpectomy). This technology supports the discussions between physicians and patients regarding the best treatment option. In addition, it has the potential to help surgeons optimise aspects related to surgery (such as the size and location of the incision) in order to minimise changes in breast appearance.