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How AI And Deep Learning Are Now Used To Diagnose Cancer

Without a doubt one of the most exciting potential uses for AI (Artificial Intelligence) and in particular deep learning is in healthcare. Traditionally, diagnosis of killer illnesses such as cancer and heart disease have relied on examinations of x-rays and scans to spot early warning signs of developing problems.

Image recognition is of course one of the tasks at which deep learning excels – from Facebook’s facial recognition to Google’s image search, practical examples of it in use are becoming more common by the day.

Although being able to tag pictures of our friends without typing their name, or find amusing images of cats when we want them, may seem trivial use cases, the same technology is quickly advancing to a point where more far-reaching implications are being realized.

In China, lung cancer is the leading cause of death, claiming over 600,000 lives each year, largely due to high levels of air pollution. Radiologists work from CT scan images to hopefully diagnose sufferers at the earliest opportunity. But in a country where there is a serious shortage of qualified doctors, particularly radiologists, this often means they find themselves examining hundreds of images every day. It is incredibly tedious and due to fatigue, mistakes and misdiagnoses are not uncommon.

This was the problem that persuaded Chen Kuan, founder of startup Infervision, that medicine was the field in which he would focus his work with deep learning and image recognition.

Following a pilot project working with the Szechwan People’s Hospital, Infervision has now begun working with a number of the country’s top hospitals.

 Kuan told me “So what I saw was that a lot of Chinese people, particularly those living outside big cities, do not get to have any regular medical check-up involving medical imaging. So they often have to wait until they feel something wrong with their body before they go to a big hospital where it can be diagnosed.

“By then it’s often too late to do anything about it.

“So what we wanted to do is use deep learning to alleviate this huge problem. If we can use it to learn from the past and assist in diagnosing more accurately, we can help solve the problem.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/05/16/how-ai-and-deep-learning-is-now-used-to-diagnose-cancer/

On – 16 May, 2017 By Bernard Marr

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