A pin­point di­ag­no­sis

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An in­tel­li­gent com­puter pro­gram which can pin­point bowel cancer in less than a sec­ond could be used to di­ag­nose pa­tients, ex­perts be­lieve.

In a trial, the AI sys­tem was able to iden­tify po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous tu­mours from en­doscopy im­ages with clin­i­cal ac­cu­racy.

Sci­en­tists used the pro­gram to as­sess 306 col­orec­tal polyps, growths in the bowel which may or may not be can­cer­ous, in 250 men and women.

It took less than a sec­ond for the sys­tem to an­a­lyse each mag­ni­fied en­do­scopic im­age and de­cide whether or not the polyp was ma­lig­nant.

The pro­gram cor­rectly picked up 94 per cent of can­cers by match­ing each growth against more than 30 000 im­ages which were used for ma­chine learn­ing.

Pic­ture: net­doc­tor

Test­ing: A com­puter pro­gram could be used to di­ag­nose bowel cancer pa­tients, ex­perts be­lieve.

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