Google Claims Its AI Can Spot Long Cancer

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 15:48

Google claims that its "promising" artificial intelligence is able to spot lung cancer a year before a human doctor.

Google believes that its potentially lifesaving technology and “deep learning” model can spot subtle lung lesions on a computed tomography (CT) scan, something that five out of six radiologists missed, Google's health researcher Lily Peng said, the Telegraph reports.

The model spotted the cancer a year before diagnosis. "That year could translate into an increased survival rate of 40 per cent," Ms Peng said.

Google's AI team has been working with Verily, Google parent Alphabet’s life sciences company. Verily has been focusing on improving the health of diabetics but was forced to suspend work on its smart contact lens that can monitor glucose levels without blood tests.

The plans were scuppered when scientists struggled to make the lens compatible with human tears, which had been warping the results. Ms Peng said Google hoped to work with hospitals to bring the early diagnostic tool to more people.

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