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Computers using Artificial Intelligence are better at spotting breast cancer than doctors

A widely reported study by Google Health shows that an artificial intelligence programme can detect breast cancer from mammograms better than medical experts[1].

That said, within the study the percentage improvements of technology over people were small but measurable.[2]

Technology plays an increasing role in medicine[3]. Where that technology shows an overall benefit then it should be supported and encouraged. Interpreting any images, for example X-rays (including mammograms), CT or MRI scans, in a way that gives more accurate information will reduce errors in diagnosis and treatment.

This will benefit patients and hospitals.

The article says that “there are no plans for it to be used yet as further testing still needs to take place.” So, until more research is carried out, the skill and experience of the radiologist is critical in accurately reporting medical images.

Not all long-term heart problems are the result of clinical negligence. However, some are and so if you feel that you or a loved one suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence then please contact us if you wish to discuss your potential claim for compensation.

Our expert Medical Negligence team consist of dedicated specialists with many years of experience in pursuing successful claims for medical negligence.

We provide a free initial, no obligation, review of your circumstances to see whether there may be grounds for a claim.

Dr Darren Conway PhD is a Solicitor in our Medical Negligence Department here at Sternberg Reed, specialising in helping those who have suffered an avoidable injury in a medical setting.

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[1] https://www.itv.com/news/2020-01-02/ai-system-can-detect-breast-cancer-better-than-clinical-experts-study/

[2] https://news.sky.com/story/artificial-intelligence-system-better-than-doctors-at-spotting-breast-cancer-study-says-11899497

[3] https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/our-work/transforming-health-and-care-through-technology

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