Breast cancer is a disease that continues to grow at a rapid pace, unfortunately. Doctors and medical researchers have continued to fight to the best of their ability this deadly disease, but sometimes they can’t help but miss the mark. This might not matter soon given the fact that Artificial Intelligence has now proven to the medical industry that it has the ability to diagnose breast cancer at an alarmingly accurate rate.
A recent report that was shared on BBC News shows that the algorithm of a computer designed to detect breast cancer outperformed six radiologists in reading mammograms. It all began with an international team that included researchers from Google Health and Imperial College London who designed and trained a computer model on X-ray images from nearly 29,000 women.
What did the experts have to say about this? Only that AI, unlike humans, is tireless and is less likely to fail due to human error. “Our team is really proud of these research findings, which suggest that we are on our way to developing a tool that can help clinicians spot breast cancer with greater accuracy,” stated Dominic King from Google Health.
The bottom line for detecting breast cancer seems to be the ability to accurately read an X-ray. According to the report, reading X-rays is time-consuming and “there is a shortage of more than 1,000 radiologists across the UK, alone. With such a shortage, all while the issue of breast cancer among women continues to grow, it makes perfect sense that a solution involving AI might step forward.
Many question whether the computer will someday replace the radiologist in the field of medical research, medical diagnosis, and even the field of medical practice. Although many site concerns over the new discovery of AI out diagnosing human radiologists, they all agree that such solutions are necessary if it will assist in saving lives. Humans utilizing computers to improve the lives of humans is something that anyone would agree with or understand as being incredibly relevant and necessary.
Additionally, it typically requires two doctors to read mammograms, which puts a true strain on their daily workload. With the help of AI, many doctors will have the opportunity to assist individuals one-on-one, without feeling the strain of time and ignoring customer service.
In addition to accuracy in diagnosing breast cancer, AI is also able to read X-rays at an alarmingly fast rate. According to the report, the use of AI “could eventually speed up diagnosis, as images can be analyzed within seconds by the computer algorithm. “This is promising early research which suggests that in the future it may be possible to make screening more accurate and efficient, which means less waiting and worrying for patients and better outcomes,” stated Sarah Hiom, director of cancer intelligence and early diagnosis at the Cancer Research UK.
No matter how a person might feel about the invasion of computers in our daily lives, one thing is for certain: we are better off by their presence. With the assistance of AI, doctors have the ability to provide treatments to women earlier so that they might have a better chance of fighting the disease. The partnership of AI and the human doctor is one that will not only help to improve any diagnosis, but it will also assist with saving time—which just might equate to saving lives.