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How can doctors use technology to help them diagnose?

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In Japan’s first reported case of artificial intelligence saving someone’s life, an AI has succeeded where a team of skilled human doctors did not. A woman with a rare type of leukaemia was correctly diagnosed by the AI. Even more remarkable, it took just ten minutes to compare the woman’s genetic information with 20 million clinical oncology studies to arrive at the life-saving diagnosis.

Does this mean robots are going to replace our doctors? Not quite, but increasing volumes of medical data, more powerful computers and smarter algorithms could see a future medical science in which human doctors are helped by AI.

Author/ Contributor
David Tuffley
Blog name
The Conversation
Date
25 October 2016
This Blog post also featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 27 October 2016
last updated: Oct 27 2016