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AI Early Diagnosis Could Save Heart and Cancer Patients


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The system can give very early warning of lung cancer.

John Radcliffe Hospital researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can diagnose heart and lung scans with much greater accuracy than conventional methods.

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Researchers at John Radcliffe Hospital in the U.K. have developed Ultromics, an artificial intelligence (AI) system they say can diagnose heart scans with much greater accuracy than conventional methods, picking up details in the scans that physicians may overlook.

The system delivers a recommendation of whether it believes there is a risk of the patient having a heart attack.

Ultromics has been tested in clinical trials in six cardiology units, and the data indicates the system greatly outperformed human heart specialists, notes cardiologist Paul Leeson, who developed the AI-based system.

In addition, the researchers say the trial results suggest the system could save the National Health Service a substantial amount of money.

The researchers note they trained the system using scans of 1,000 patients whom Leeson had treated over the past seven years, along with information about whether they went on to develop heart problems.

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