Brittany Wenger, 17, Discovers Way To Diagnose Breast Cancer Using Cloud Computing

Posted Aug 2, 2012

Brittany Wenger is a 17-year-old Lakewood Ranch, Florida high school senior that won the grand prize at Google’s second annual science fair.  Wenger won for being able to better diagnose breast cancer by compiling massive amounts of data and cloud computing.

“There are so many different fields of science,” said Wenger when being interview by the LA Times. “For me it’s computer science and medicine. For some of the other finalists here, it’s chemistry or the environment.”

The app that Wenger designed uses a computer program called a “neural network,” which can mimic the human brain.  The network conducted 7.6 million trials and uses artificial intelligence to find patterns and make diagnoses about breast cancer.

The “Global Neural Network Cloud Service For Breast Cancer” takes an individual test for patients and compares them to a bank of information for comparison that doctors can check.  The program combs through “fine needle aspirates,” which is a minimally invasive procedure that is one of the least precise diagnoses processes.  However Wegner’s program identifies 99% of malignant tumors.

“I really grew to idolize the men and women in scrubs and got a taste of what science could do to change the world,” said Wegner in an interview with FOX.