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Artificial intelligence diagnoses lung cancer

In a recent study, an AI has been more effective at diagnosing lung cancer from CT scans than a team of radiologists. Even the researchers themselves aren’t sure how.

The software was ‘trained’ with a large database of lung scans and data on which patients went on to develop lung cancer. Using deep learning, the AI developed it’s own method of diagnosis which was significantly more effective than current methods at detecting cancer and avoiding false positives.

The research team at Northwestern University Illinois and Google said that AI would have a ‘huge’ role to play in the future of medicine, and could be even more effective when used side-by-side with doctors. For their current software, however, the next step is a clinical trial.

 

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Source: BBC News