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