Mi­crosoft, SRL to use AI for can­cer de­tec­tion

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Company -

Tech gi­ant Mi­crosoft has col­lab­o­rated with SRL Di­ag­nos­tics to train its ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) sys­tem in de­tect­ing can­cer. Mi­crosoft plans to teach its AI sys­tem to find the traits of can­cer­ous cells that trained pathol­o­gists do man­u­ally by look­ing at a slice of the pa­tient’s tis­sue on a glass slide. SRL’s bank of more than one mil­lion such slides from past di­ag­no­sis will be used as the train­ing ma­te­rial for the AI sys­tem. Mi­crosoft has al­ready de­ployed its AI sys­tem for early de­tec­tion of blind­ness in peo­ple suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes and as­sess­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar health of pa­tients. Ac­cord­ing to Mi­crosoft, this can­cer-de­tect­ing so­lu­tion will not re­place the need of an on­col­o­gist, but the goal is for the AI sys­tem to speed up, make more ac­cu­rate and give valid point­ers to the doc­tor to make the right di­ag­no­sis. This will re­duce the cost of treat­ment, bet­ter utilise the time of trained spe­cial­ists to reach more pa­tients and make health­care in gen­eral more pa­tient-cen­tric.

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