AI Equals Human Radiologists at Interpreting Breast Cancer Scans

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By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Another study is showing that artificial intelligence (AI) is as good as a specialist doctor in spotting breast cancer on a mammogram. But don't expect computers to take over the job from humans, experts say.

In a study that compared the mammography-reading skills of an AI tool with those of more than 500 medical professionals, researchers found that it was basically a tie.

On average, both humans and AI caught about 90% of breast tumors, and correctly gave an all-clear to just over three-quarters of mammograms from women without cancer.

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That meant neither was perfect, and experts said it's still unclear how AI will ultimately fit into breast cancer screening.

Mammography has long been a routine experience for women. But mammography-reading may actually be the most challenging task in radiology, said Dr. Liane Philpotts, a professor of radiology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.

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