Google Creates an Algorithm for Doctors

Artificial intelligence team of Google has created an algorithm for doctors. Through this tool, doctors will be able to diagnose breast cancer using artificial intelligence.

This tool is known as LYmph Node Assistant, or LYNA. It will work like “spell check” for pathologists, the doctors who are responsible to diagnose cancer through images of patient’s cells.

Google Creates an Algorithm for Doctors to Diagnose Breast Cancer

In order to train the algorithm, Google used a de-identified dataset based on breast cancer patients’ lymph nodes’ scans from Netherlands’ medical centres.

lymph nodes tissues can be used to check whether a patients’ breast cancer has spread beyond the breasts. Pathologists will then examine tissue samples from breast cancer patients’ lymph nodes to check that how much that particular patient’s tumour has spread, and how much it can be dangerous.

Three days back, Google released two papers. These papers were published in the journals Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and The American Journal of Surgical Pathology. The first paper shows that the algorithm could be helpful to pick up cancer cells on the tissue images.

The second paper shows that how the algorithm performed with pathologists as well as on its own. The paper said that it was important for pathologists and the algorithm to work in tandem. Both papers have confirmed that the algorithm could find out which slides have metastatic cancer and which ones don’t 99% of the time.

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