Understanding artificial neural networks and exploring their potential applications for the practicing urologist.

  title={Understanding artificial neural networks and exploring their potential applications for the practicing urologist.},
  author={John T. Wei and Zhichao Zhang and Stephen Barnhill and K R Madyastha and Heping Zhang and Joseph E. Oesterling},
  volume={52 2},
Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are complex mathematical models that are distantly based on the human neuronal structure. They are capable of modeling elaborate biologic systems without making assumptions based on statistical distributions. Preliminary work has been reported on their application in urology. The initial results have been promising, particularly as an additional tool in the detection of early prostate cancer using the ProstAsure Index, which has been the most extensively… CONTINUE READING

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