ENT Physician Awarded Research Grant to Improve Nasal Endoscopy Using Machine Learning
Release Date: 9/2/2022
Edward McCoul, MD, MPH, FACS, Section Head, Adult ENT Service and Director, Rhinology and Sinus Surgery for Ochsner Otorhinolaryngology, was recently awarded a three-year research grant from the Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Foundation.
Dr. McCoul’s project is titled “Interpretation of Nasal Endoscopy Using Machine Learning.”
Nasal endoscopy is a common procedure in otolaryngology clinical practice, yet the interpretation is subject to the limitations of human perception and lack of standardization.
The aim of the study is to develop and test a process using machine learning technology that can identify and distinguish normal from abnormal findings encountered during the endoscopic examination of the nasal cavity. The ultimate goal is to enable computer-assisted diagnosis of common sinonasal conditions.
Dr. McCoul has authored dozens of peer-reviewed manuscripts and serves on the editorial board of the official journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. He is also Research Medical Director for Surgical Specialties at Ochsner and a Professor with The University of Queensland.
The EENT Foundation’s biomedical research grants program makes grants available to universities and non-profit healthcare organizations in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany Parishes. The grants are intended to support scientific, translational, and clinical advances in preventing and treating diseases and disorders of the eye, ear, nose, and throat, including related issues involving the head, neck, jaw, and brain.