Chris Newmarker

June 23, 2016

1 Min Read
Artificial Intelligence to the Rescue

There is growing evidence that artificial intelligence can truly help health providers spot signs of illness in patient, including such deadly maladies as cancer.

For example, Samsung Medison now has an updated its RS80A ultrasound imaging machine with a feature called  S-Detect for Breast that analyzes breast lesions, recommending whether a particular lesion is benign or malignant.

Meanwhile, it appears that existing algorithms and open- source, machine-learning tools are actiually as good as, or better than, human reviewers in detecting cancer cases using data from free-text pathology reports, according to researchers at the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Informatics.

Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School in Boston have developed a series of AI-based systems that can interpret pathology images and identify the presence and absence of metastatic cancer. And through the Avicenna software acquired through its $1 billion acquisition of Chicago-based Merge Healthcare, IBM is working on enabling its supercomputer Watson to "see" and "read" images and compare them with the patient's other images and electronic health data.

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