Google has teamed up with the US Department of Defence to create software for an artificial intelligence microscope that should help pathologists detect cancer cells faster.
Here's What We Know
The Augmented Reality Microscope (ARM) device externally resembles a conventional microscope. It also uses computer vision algorithms that highlight suspicious areas and create heat maps labelling cells.
Researchers have already tested ARM to detect breast, cervical, prostate and other types of cancer. They used four different AI algorithms to do so.
The Pentagon is investing in the technology to speed up diagnostics in military hospitals. According to preliminary data, the cell classification accuracy reaches 94 per cent.
However, scientists admit that ARM is not yet ready for use in clinics. A total of 13 prototypes have been created. Future devices could sell for between $90,000 and $100,000 apiece.
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