AI can spot disease as accurately as medical professionals, study says

(Tyler MacDonald/ Inquistr) — A new study in The Lancet Digital Health reveals that artificial intelligence (AI) might be able to detect diseases from medical imaging as accurately as humans, Newsweek reports.

According to the study, which reviewed 14 existing studies that compared AI and human performance between January 2012 and June 2019, deep learning algorithms were able to correctly detect disease in 87 percent of cases compared to 86 percent accuracy by humans.

Additionally, AI was able to accurately exclude patients that didn’t have disease 93 percent of the time compared to healthcare experts, who were accurate 91 percent of the time.

While these results might sound scary, the study has its limitations. The researchers claim that there is currently a lack of quality analysis in studies that compare AI and human performance.

Professor Alastair Denniston from University Hospitals Birmingham, one of the lead researchers of the study, says that less than 1 percent of the 20,5000 articles the research team reviewed had a “sufficiently robust” design that gave reviewers confidence in their claims. (…)

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