Anika Cherla is only 13 years old and she’s already created a computer program that can detect Alzheimer’s with 95% accuracy!
Anika used her coding skills to create different neural net structures – a single stage neural network, chained neural networks, and hierarchical neural networks – to test each one on the ability to detect brain damage when presented with MRI scans and clinical features. She included fractal dimension, entropy and other information to boost the effectiveness, and proved that while MRI scans are important, they are not conclusive without mental examinations as well.
Then, she created a simple interface so doctors could input the MRI scans and test results, giving them the feedback they need to start Alzheimer’s treatment much sooner.
This is the sixth in an ongoing series highlighting some of the amazing young women participating in this year’s Google Science Fair. Over the next week I will be sharing stories of many of these remarkable young women. Stay tuned!
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