Technology has already changed our daily lives in ways that would have been thought impossible just a few decades ago. Medical technology specifically has come a long way, but it still has a long way to go. The advent of artificial intelligence will inevitably lead to major advancements in medical science that can help doctors predict and better understand diseases before they threaten lives. Here is a look at how AI could be used to help in the fight against life-threatening illnesses.
- Help scientists better understand diseases: AI is being used to help scientists take a more honest look at how diseases behave. For instance, AstraZeneca – a major pharmaceutical company – is using AI to scour scientific literature and data to look for associations and connections that humans may not be able to see. AI has also been known to help to create mathematical models that can better understand how infectious diseases multiply and spread.
- Help diagnose diseases before they threaten lives: The development of advanced mathematical tools and artificial intelligence has allowed doctors to better predict diseases before they become life-threatening. AI is being used to predict everything from HIV to cancer to potential pandemics. Many deadly diseases can be easily prevented or treated if caught early enough, but if left untreated can create be very deadly. AI has proven successful at identifying the early signs of these diseases before human beings can put the pieces together on their own.
- Predict which treatments will have the most optimal outcome: One of the hardest parts about developing new treatments for a disease is testing new drugs or vaccines without threatening the health of the patient in clinical trials. AI can be used to help predict potential negative outcomes before the treatment is administered. It can also be used to better predict which existing drugs will be most beneficial to a given patient based on their medical history and other factors.
AI has helped predict the development of everything from heart disease to mesothelioma. The technology is still in its infancy and has a long way to go before it can eradicate some of these deadly illnesses. But it’s made amazing strides in the short amount of time it’s existed, and it inevitably will bring spectacular changes to the world of medical science. For the time being, if you or a loved one is struggling with mesothelioma, the Mesothelioma Cancer Network has resources you can use to get help now.
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