A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.

We had to share this one, AI crossing boundaries for the good of the human race. How many more applications of AI will there be in medicine. I am looking forward to the advances in the coming years and hope this sort of technology will be available for the many and not just the few.

Computers were as good or better than doctors at detecting tiny lung cancers on CT scans, in a study by researchers from Google and several medical centers.

The technology is a work in progress, not ready for widespread use, but the new report, published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine, offers a glimpse of the future of artificial intelligence in medicine.

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One of the most promising areas is recognizing patterns and interpreting images — the same skills that humans use to read microscope slides, X-rays, M.R.I.s and other medical scans.

By feeding huge amounts of data from medical imaging into systems called artificial neural networks, researchers can train computers to recognize patterns linked to a specific condition, like pneumonia, cancer or a wrist fracture that would be hard for a person to see. The system follows an algorithm, or set of instructions, and learns as it goes. The more data it receives, the better it becomes at interpretation.

Source: The New York Times by Denise Grady Full Article Link

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