AI shows major promise in breast cancer detection, new studies suggest – CBC

Despite promising findings, researchers say technology still has limitations

Sep 08, 2023

Researchers experimenting with artificial intelligence have found that these tools seem to reliably detect breast cancer, while also reducing a demanding workload for radiologists.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among adults, with more than 2.3 million cases diagnosed each year, according to the World Health Organization. In most countries, the illness is one of the top two leading causes of cancer deaths in women.

But research shows that early detection and treatment can save lives.

To increase screening capacity and better identify high and low risk breast cancer, two recent studies show that specific applications of artificial intelligence (AI) performed similarly to highly trained radiologists.

“I think that breast imaging, especially mammography, [is] one of the front runners when it comes to the maturity of these AI tools,” said Kristina Lång, lead author on one of the studies.

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