Deep-Learning-Empowered Breast Cancer Auxiliary Diagnosis for 5GB Remote E-Health

Keping Yu, Liang Tan*, Long Lin, Xiaofan Cheng, Zhang Yi, Takuro Sato

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Breast cancer, the most common cancer in women, is receiving increasing attention. The lack of high-quality medical resources, especially highly skilled doctors, in remote areas makes the diagnosis of breast cancer inefficient and causes great harm to women. The emergence of remote e-health has improved the situation to a certain extent, but its capabilities are still hampered by technical limitations, which manifest in two main aspects. First, due to network bandwidth limitations, it is difficult to guarantee the real-time transmission of breast cancer pathology images between remote areas and cities. Second, the highly skilled breast cancer doctors at large city hospitals are not guaranteed to be available for online diagnosis at all times. To overcome these limitations, this article proposes a deep-learning-empowered breast cancer auxiliary diagnosis scheme for remote e-health supported by 5G technology and beyond (5GB remote e-health). In this scheme, breast pathology images are first received from major hospitals via 5G, and a deep learning model based on the Inception-v3 network is subjected to transfer learning to obtain a diagnostic model. This diagnostic model is then employed on edge servers for auxiliary diagnosis at remote area hospitals. A theoretical analysis and experimental results show that this solution not only overcomes the two problems mentioned above but also improves the diagnostic accuracy for breast cancer in remote areas to 98.19 percent.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9490590
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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