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Google Shows AI Can Spot Breast Cancer Better Than Doctors

Jan. 2, 2020, 9:31 AM

Artificial intelligence can spot breast cancer more accurately than doctors, according to a study by Google Health.

The technology’s reading of mammograms reduced both false positives, where healthy patients are mistakenly diagnosed with the disease, and false negatives, where the cancer is missed, the Alphabet Inc. unit said in a blog post on Wednesday. The system reduced false positives by 5.7% in the U.S., according to data from more than 28,000 mammograms performed there and in the U.K.

Artificial intelligence is particularly good at reading scans, often outperforming experts. Last year, Google published research that showed how the technology could...

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