According to the Egyptian National Cancer Institute, Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among females in Egypt. Increased awareness has been paid towards the problem; a national campaign has been launched to establish a screening program for early detection.
The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved the use of Computer Aided Devices (Detection or Diagnosis) (CAD) in 1998; since then various CAD systems have been developed, particularly in the U.S.
Despite the rise of CAD systems in the U.S., usage of these systems remained minimal in developing countries including Egypt. Which is commonly attributed to the relatively high expenses of deploying such systems.
A lot actually! In Egypt, the relative number of breast cancer incidences among other types of cancer, the absence of CAD systems in the Egyptian labs, the high cost of available systems in the market, and increased society awareness of the issue. All of these factors contributed to cast the problem of designing our own CAD system as imminent.
In 2010, we launched our project to design LIBCAD. It was intially funded by ITIDA (The project aimed at designing a CAD software that aids mammographers in detecting breast abnormalities. The target research activities included data acquisition, image processing and machine learning algorithms design, software engineering (SWE) activities for producing an end-user software, and clinical trials to measure the relative performance of radiologists before/after using the CAD.