Artificial Intelligence is now being used to detect cancer in a pioneering procedure. A new blood test uses AI to quickly scan for brain tumours with 90 per cent accuracy. Scientist hope that this new diagnostic tool could be used by the NHS and hospitals worldwide.
Brain tumours are hard to detect and cause symptoms that can be confused with other maladies. These ambiguous symptoms include headaches, memory loss and vision problems, with a scan being the only way to detect the cancerous cells. On many occasions, this can result in late diagnosis and the illness reaching advanced stages.
The new test is currently being tested and is able to give doctors a result within hours. Scientists hope this system will result in more cases of early detection and successful treatment. The AI looks for the existence of gliomas, the most common form of brain tumours. The innovative discovery took place at the University of Edinburgh and was presented at the Cancer Research Institute’s annual conference in Glasgow. — Advertisement —
In the UK, more than 9.000 people have brain tumours detected, of which around half are cancerous, with a similar number of cases in Spain. Figures reveal only 15 per cent of these patients survive five or more years after their diagnosis. And a staggering 62 per cent of people are diagnosed in the emergency ward, even though they might have visited their GP beforehand.