Artificial Intelligence Can Make Eye Doctors More Effective, Says Google
As Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to evolve, diagnosing diseases has become faster with greater accuracy. A new study from the Google AI research group shows that physicians and algorithms working together are more effective than either one alone.
In the study, to be published in the journal Ophthalmology, the researchers created a system which not only improved the ophthalmologists' diagnostic accuracy but also improved the algorithm's accuracy.
The study expands on previous work from Google AI showing that its algorithm works roughly as well as human experts in screening patients for a common diabetic eye disease called diabetic retinopathy.
"What we found is that AI can do more than simply automate eye screening, it can assist physicians in more accurately diagnosing diabetic retinopathy. AI and physicians working together can be more accurate than either one alone," said lead researcher Rory Sayres.
Recent advances in AI promise to improve access to diabetic retinopathy screening and to improve its accuracy. But it's less clear how AI will work in the physician's office or other clinical settings, the team said. READ MORE ON: CNBC TV18