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AI Used For Good

Editorial By Spencer Whitney San Francisco Chronicle

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Google has developed AI technology to read mammograms. While it is still in the early stages, a recent study revealed the AI tool gave fewer false positive and false negative results despite having less information than a radiologist could obtain.

San Francisco Chronicle

When it comes to screening for cancer, early detection is an important step, making it easier to treat successfully or cure before symptoms appear.

With increasing advancements in artificial intelligence, there is now the potential for the technology to blend with cancer-care research.

According to Google, researchers with Google Health and DeepMind (a U.K.-based AI company that is also owned by Google) trained AI technology by using a data set of mammograms from over 76,000 women in the U.K. and over 15,000 women in the U.S.

The study found that the AI tool gave fewer false positive and false negative results despite having less information than a radiologist could obtain.

With the decision to move into the health-care sector, Google has been busy over the past few years training AI to detect other diseases such as heart disease and lung cancer as well.

While there's still more work to be done, with breast cancer being one of the leading causes of death from cancer in women, having a robust detection system could be a game changer as the AI technology improves.

Spencer Whitney, assistant editor ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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