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Creating Advanced Ontologies for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

3 mins
December 16, 2022


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center faced challenges in detecting and classifying vena cava filters due to the complexity of label protocols (ontologies), rendering existing and open-source tools unusable. These protocols required a tailored approach for accurate annotation and classification.

Key Result

Key Result

With Encord's flexibility, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center successfully configured over 1000 custom protocol settings in a streamlined process. The total setup time for the project was reduced to just 10 minutes, ensuring rapid deployment and implementation. The platform's auditability feature ensured the accuracy and traceability of annotations, providing confidence in the project's outcomes.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center adopted Encord to build custom label protocols for pulmonary thrombosis projects.


Detecting and classifying vena cava filters in complex label protocols (ontologies) rendered existing & open-source tools unusable.


Deployed Encord's label protocol studio to build custom protocols, DICOM annotation tool, worklists & automation modules to increase efficiency.


Project was made feasible by the flexibility offered by Encord's ontology study.

  • 1000+ protocol configurations
  • 10 minutes total setup time
  • 100% auditable

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