AI technology is making its presence known in every aspect of our lives from food delivery to narrating audiobooks. Now, the technology is starting to be used in the medical field. One area where AI is proving to be a particularly valuable tool is in the detection of breast cancer.
Doctors are now able to use AI algorithms to analyze medical images, such as mammograms, and identify potential signs of breast cancer with greater accuracy and efficiency.
This is especially crucial since early detection is key to successful treatment and improved survival rates.
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How can AI detect breast cancer?
According to Kheiron Medical Technologies, doctors can teach the AI how to accurately point out cancer by showing it previous mammogram photos of patients who already got a diagnosis. This could also help to cut down a radiologist’s workload by allowing the AI to focus more on analyzing mammogram images, while the radiologist can focus more on treatments and other duties they have to perform.
This AI technology is built similarly to the ChatGPT tool that was released a few months ago. It is modeled on the human brain and is designed to detect types of breast cancer on mammograms that doctors may have missed. They are meant to work just as well, if not better, than human radiologists. However, since AI technology is so new, many do not fully trust it yet.
What are the concerns about using AI to detect breast cancer?
One of the main concerns is that this technology will replace human radiologists altogether. However, many radiologists have spoken out and said that they are on board with using the technology in partnership with trained human doctors, as the main goal is to make sure that the cancer is caught as early as possible regardless of who is finding it.
There have not been enough widespread clinical trials for AI technology as well, so some are wary about using it right away before they have concrete proof that it works. The technology must be able to not only prove it can accurately detect breast cancer, yet also show that it can perform its duties on women of all ages, body types, races and medical histories. Plus, it will have to show that it can catch very complicated forms of breast cancer and cut down false-positive results as well.
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What are the upsides to using this type of technology?
The biggest upside for sure is that AI technology has the potential to catch more types of breast cancer and have more accurate results than human doctors could ever deliver. Human beings naturally get exhausted and make mistakes, and with something as complicated as breast cancer, mistakes happen all the time, and tiny lesions are often missed. With AI assisting, those tiny lesions can be caught more often, and human doctors can still be there to verify that the AI hasn’t made a mistake.
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Overall, this is one field where AI could really make a positive difference in the world, and I’m excited to see how many cancer patients will benefit from this.
How do you feel about AI technology being used to detect cancer? Let us know your thoughts.
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