Artificial intelligence can help with cancer diagnoses and may soon be used as an experimental technology. This is what researcher Wouter Bulten of Radboudumc writes in his dissertation.
According to Bulten, artificial intelligence can be used as an assistant to a pathologist, who investigates whether a patient has a tumor. “There is a global shortage of pathologists, and smart algorithms can help ease the pressure on them.”
This should lead to lower healthcare costs and faster diagnoses. Computer systems could also be used in population screening, after which pathologists scrutinize the suspected cases.
Researchers at Radboudumc have already concluded that artificial intelligence can help, but now the research has gone a step further, says Bulten. “After that we can start doing trials.” This means that the technology is put into practice, and that the results that it yields are looked at.