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A Method Based on Artificial Intelligence To Fully Automatize The Evaluation of Bovine Blastocyst Images

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Rocha, Jose Celso ; Passalia, Felipe Jose ; Matos, Felipe Delestro ; Takahashi, Maria Beatriz ; Ciniciato, Diego de Souza ; Maserati, Marc Peter ; Alves, Mayra Fernanda ; de Almeida, Tamie Guibu ; Cardoso, Bruna Lopes ; Basso, Andrea Cristina ; Gouveia Nogueira, Marcelo Fabio
Total Authors: 11
Document type: Journal article
Source: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS; v. 7, AUG 9 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 7

Morphological analysis is the standard method of assessing embryo quality; however, its inherent subjectivity tends to generate discrepancies among evaluators. Using genetic algorithms and artificial neural networks (ANNs), we developed a new method for embryo analysis that is more robust and reliable than standard methods. Bovine blastocysts produced in vitro were classified as grade 1 (excellent or good), 2 (fair), or 3 (poor) by three experienced embryologists according to the International Embryo Technology Society (IETS) standard. The images (n = 482) were subjected to automatic feature extraction, and the results were used as input for a supervised learning process. One part of the dataset (15%) was used for a blind test posterior to the fitting, for which the system had an accuracy of 76.4%. Interestingly, when the same embryologists evaluated a sub-sample (10%) of the dataset, there was only 54.0% agreement with the standard (mode for grades). However, when using the ANN to assess this sub-sample, there was 87.5% agreement with the modal values obtained by the evaluators. The presented methodology is covered by National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) patents and is currently undergoing a commercial evaluation of its feasibility. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/06179-7 - Use of artificial neural network based system to evaluate viability and quality of mouse embryos
Grantee:Felipe Delestro Matos
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
FAPESP's process: 12/20110-2 - Software based on artificial neural networks for embryo morphologic evaluation
Grantee:Felipe Delestro Matos
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master
FAPESP's process: 06/06491-2 - Embryonic chimerism on murine and bovine species: Pattern of interaction between inner cell mass - from embryos produced in vivo - and recipient embryos produced in vitro
Grantee:Marcelo Fábio Gouveia Nogueira
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
FAPESP's process: 12/50533-2 - GIFT: genomic improvement of fertilization traits in Danish and Brazilian cattle
Grantee:Marcelo Fábio Gouveia Nogueira
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/05083-1 - Modulation of oocyte nuclear maturation and its effects on cumulus-oocyte complexes and bovine embryo production in vitro
Grantee:Marcelo Fábio Gouveia Nogueira
Support type: Regular Research Grants