Using AI to Boost Accuracy and Speed in Breast Cancer Detection

JJohn August 4, 2023 8:52 PM

A new study reveals the significant potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in improving the detection of breast cancer. The AI not only enhances accuracy but also reduces the workload of reading mammogram screens.

AI enhances breast cancer detection

Published in The Lancet Oncology, the study shows that AI can greatly enhance the accuracy of breast cancer diagnoses. However, the intent is not to replace radiologists but to enhance their work. The AI in the study reduced the workload of reading mammogram screens by an impressive 44.3 percent.

The study, which spanned from April 2021 to July 2022, included over 80,000 women aged between 40 and 80 years. These participants were randomized into a control and an experimental group, which provided a comprehensive overview of how AI can enhance breast cancer detection across a wide range of ages.

AI maintains detection rates, reduces workload

When compared to the control group where mammograms were read by two radiologists, the AI-supported group maintained similar cancer detection rates. What's impressive is the substantially lower workload that comes with AI use. This means that the AI not only maintains accuracy but also enhances efficiency in mammography screening.

There has been a remarkable increase in the use of AI in healthcare, especially in the field of cancer detection. A previously published study in the journal Nature found that AI could outperform humans in predicting breast cancer. The technology managed to reduce false positives and negatives, demonstrating its potential to detect cancers that might otherwise be missed.

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