AI detects breast cancer 4 years before it develops

Hungarian physicians are using an artificial intelligence model that can detect breast cancer four years before it develops, The New York Times reported March 7.

Called computer-assisted detection, the AI identifies spots in mammograms for physicians to inspect closely. An MIT study found the technology was able to identify changes between mammograms and detect spots that were at risk of developing into cancer. The spots identified went on to develop into breast cancer years later.

The AI is a tool radiologists can use to create better treatment plans, Larry Norton, MD, medical director of the Lauder Breast Cancer at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, told CNN. After identifying the trouble spots, radiologists can determine what additional tests may be appropriate for patients to decrease their odds of developing cancer.

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