Google AI tool can pinpoint breast cancer better than clinicians

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(Erin Brodwin/ Scientific American) — Researchers at Google (GOOGL), working alongside experts at Northwestern University and three British medical institutions, have created an AI model that appears capable of more accurately spotting breast cancer in mammograms than human experts, according to a new study.

The AI model both detected cases of breast cancer at higher rates than radiologists and reported fewer false positives, according to the study, which was published on New Year’s Day in the high-caliber scientific journal Nature. The results held even when the algorithm was tested internationally, a hurdle that few AI tools have been capable of overcoming given how inconsistent datasets be across borders.

“It’s a very nice contribution,” Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, told STAT. “It’s still underperforming from where we want it to be, but it’s paving the way.” (…)

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