Google will improve the detection of lung tumors in early stages thanks to artificial intelligence. It is estimated that it will improve current efficacy by 5% and reduce false positives by 11%.
Lung cancer kills the most people. Victims of this disease amount to 1.8 million a year. In Spain alone, 28,645 new cases are detected each year.
The Northwestern University and Google they have joined forces to make artificial intelligence available to medicine. Your new technology increase the effectiveness of cancer screening.
The device will be able to locate tumors in a earlier stage, which will greatly facilitate the treatment of them.
Currently, very invasive tests, such as biopsies, are used. Despite their invasive process, biopsies do not detect tumors in some cases.
AI will facilitate the detection process as it will improve the analysis of CT. The AI machine learning process was carried out with more than 40,000 CT scans and almost 15,000 patientsaccording to the BBC.
The software is not yet ready for clinical use
Similar to how we learn from experience, AI algorithms perform a task repeatedly, and each time it is adjusted a little bit to improve accuracy, according to Dr. Mozziyar Etemadi of Northwestern University.
The results of the AI were compared with the analysis of a six x-ray experts. The comparison revealed that AI was more effective than radiologists in almost all cases, according to the journal Nature. The final data confirmed that AI can increase lung cancer screening by 5% and reduce false positives by 11%.
It is now expected to be used soon in patients. Early detection of cancer increases the chance that treatment will be successful. The AI points to a pulmonary nodule that, in every sense, looks benign, but the program thinks it’s not. And he’s generally right, according to Dr. Etemadi.
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