Science//

How Artificial Intelligence Could Detect Your Skin Cancer

New research suggests AI might be in your doctor’s office someday.

Image courtesy of Unsplash

Artificial intelligence may be just as good at spotting skin cancer as your MD, according to new research from Stanford University.

The researchers pitted their AI program against 21 trained doctors and found that the AI was as accurate at detecting skin cancer as the experts, according to the study published in the journal Nature. (The program used an existing Google algorithm that was “fed” almost 130,000 images of around 2,000 different skin diseases, and then essentially learned how to tell the difference between them.)

While the program isn’t quite ready to be rolled out to doctor’s offices nationwide, the potential impact is big: there are 5.4 million new cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year, and melanoma — considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer — has a five-year survival rate of 97% when it’s caught early. That number drops to about 14% if it’s found in its latest stages.

Read more about the study on Stanford News.

Originally published at medium.com

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Well-Being//

A Top Venture Capitalist On How Artificial Intelligence Will Help Cure Cancer

by Drake Baer
Community//

Innovation, Detection, and Healing

by Tamara Nall
Community//

AI Designs Radiation Therapy Treatment Plan For Cancer In Twenty Minutes

by Awais Dar

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.