The future for AI is bright.AI has perpetuated almost every conceivable sphere of life now and medicine is one area where AI is making a big impact.
Google’s AI tool, known as LYNA — short for Lymph Node Assistant — has reached a level of sophistication that it can now differentiate between cancer and non-cancer on slides with a very high accuracy.
In their latest blog post, Google revealed that their AI tool had reached an incredible accuracy of 99% in detecting the difference between cancer and non-cancer on slides.
Encouragingly, pathologists with LYNA assistance were more accurate than either unassisted pathologists or the LYNA algorithm itself, suggesting that people and algorithms can work together effectively to perform better than either alone.
Google explained that the LYNA tool demonstrated very high accuracy when determining whether breast cancer had spread to a patient’s lymph nodes and this, in turn, is a crucial part in the decision of how a cancer patient should proceed with treatment.
Google said, citing a past research, that pathologist diagnosis of lymph node metastases can be quite inaccurate (Individual slide accuracy may get as low as 38 percent), due to a shortage of time. LYNA, in contrast, has a much much higher accuracy which makes it an excellent tool to assist with the diagnosis.
“LYNA was able to accurately pinpoint the location of both cancers and other suspicious regions within each slide, some of which were too small to be consistently detected by pathologists,”
It seems that AI may prove to be the most important tool in Cancer detection in the future and could become indispensable to doctors in diagnosing cancer.