Google is Using AI to improve breast cancer screening

Currently more than 55,000 people in the U.K. are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop the disease in their lifetime.

Over the last two years, Google has been working with leading clinical research partners in the U.K. and U.S. to see if artificial intelligence could improve the detection of breast cancer.

Google’s AI used de-identified mammograms from more than 76,000 women in the U.K. and more than 15,000 women in the U.S. The system produced a 5.7 percent reduction of false positives in the U.S, and a 1.2 percent reduction in the U.K. It produced a 9.4 percent reduction in false negatives in the U.S., and a 2.7 percent reduction in the U.K.

The initial findings were published in Nature, Google says “Looking forward to future applications, there are some promising signs that the model could potentially increase the accuracy and efficiency of screening programs, as well as reduce wait times and stress for patients.”

You can read the full report from Google here.