So cancer researchers collaborated with Google Health to create an AI model that was trained to read digital breast cancer scans of thousands of women in the United States and United Kingdom.
The test set from the U.S., where women are screened every one to two years, consisted of mammograms collected between 2001 and 2018 from 3,097 women at one academic medical center.
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The UK test set consisted of screening mammograms collected between 2012 and 2015 from 25,856 women at two screening centers in England.
“We show an absolute reduction of 5.7% and 1.2% (USA and UK) in false positives and 9.4% and 2.7% in false negatives,” the researchers wrote.
The Google AI model outperformed the six radiologists who read the screenings by 11.5%.
Why is this important? Researchers found the “AI system maintained non-inferior performance and reduced the workload of the second reader by 88%,” freeing up radiologists and other doctors to focus on patient care.
You can read the full study here.
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