Case Study:

Cancer Detection with Sensor Data

Cyrcadia Health

The Client

Cyrcadia Health logoIn the United States, it is estimated that in a single year more than 180,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and roughly 40,000 women will die. Our client and partner, Cyrcadia Health (formerly First Warning Systems), has developed a non-invasive and nonradiogenic system for the early detection of tissue abnormalities. The system has proven highly effective for use with young women and eliminates barriers to access for low-income women and for women with a family history of breast cancer who require more frequent testing. It costs much less than current screening methods requiring mammogram or MRI equipment.

The system uses data collected from deep tissue thermal sensors arrayed across both breasts and has a strong track record in three clinical trials. Cyrcadia Health requires an analytic technology to develop accurate detection models from complex sensor data, and to deploy automated screening scores to millions of customers on an ongoing basis.

“Lityx was selected because of their reputation for scalable business solutions. The LityxIQ platform will continue to support our needs as we introduce new applications that will increase our need for big data.”
– Dave Wertzberger, Marketing and Risk Management Director, Cyrcadia Health

The Challenge

graph representing sensor technologiesCyrcadia Health previously invested in analytics systems to support their modeling and big data needs. However, their original system was built using a package that was neither flexible nor scalable to meet the growing needs for visualization and big data management. Prior engagements with specialized teams were not able to consistently resolve the important issues of modeling accuracy, scalability of technology, and handling of big data from streaming sensor technologies.

The Solution

Our first objective with Cyrcadia Health was to replicate data and modeling algorithm comparisons that had been performed previously in multiple other platforms. These earlier projects had taken years to develop and complete. We imported a number of data sources into the LityxIQ platform and created over 500 additional features for each sensor record. We then created an automatic algorithm bake-off using standard algorithms in the PredictIQ solution. Over 40 different algorithms and settings combinations were setup and compared using PredictIQ’s intuitive point-and-click interface. The bake-off was setup, executed, and completed in a matter of hours, compared to many months in prior, manual efforts. Performance results were improved over what had been found previously, in only a small fraction of the time and effort.
We are currently engaging with Cyrcadia Health to deploy scoring of real-time sensor data as it is generated by millions of customers of their products. Sensors will generate massive amounts of data that will stream into LityxIQ, be processed and scored, and return screening results back to the end-user.

The Results

  • 40+ algorithms and technical settings in bake-off with no programming
  • Modeling completed in small fraction of the time compared to previous attempts to perform cancer detection with sensor data
  • Ability to automatically deploy models to incoming sensor big data streams

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