Artificial Intelligence Can More Accurately Detect Lung Cancer and Heart Diseases Than Doctors




Over the past couple of years, the use of AI in detecting various health ailments, have proven useful in the health sector. Doctors no longer find it difficult in identifying patients diagnosed with heart diseases and lung cancer as these AI systems have this technique pretty easy.
Despite the fact that cardiologists are very good at their jobs, they are also capable of making mistakes. In order to determine if a patient’s heart is properly functioning or not, a cardiologist will have to analyze the timing of their heartbeats in scans.  Analysis has it that approximately 80% of these scans are correctly carried out with about 20 % indicating some errors and enhancement. This lead to the development of Ultromics, an AI diagnosis system that has been proven to be more accurate compared to doctors. This system was designed and developed at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England.
Ultromics was tested using the heart scans of over a thousand patients. These patients were treated by the company’s chief medical officer, Paul Leeson. The system was also able to detect if the patient has suffered any form of heart problems. In an interview with BBC NEWS, lesson beamed that the system has been tested in multiple clinical trials and has outperformed human cardiologist in all trials.
However, Optellum is working hard to commercialize an AI system with the ability to detect patients diagnosed with lung cancer by analyzing clumps of cells found in scans. Timor Kadir, the company’s chief science and technology officer in an interview with BBC NEWS, stated that the system has been widely tested in various trials and could be used in testing over four thousand lung cancer patients yearly. 


Asides the fact that AI diagnosis systems could be used to save lives by providing earlier diagnosis of heart problems as well as cancer, they could also be more cost-effective by preventing one from spending lots of money in hiring more doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff. “Optellum could cut costs by about £10bn ($13.5 billion) if both the United Kingdom and the United States decides to make use of it,” said Kadir in an interview with BBC NEWS. Similarly, the United Kingdom healthcare tsar Sir John Bell told BBC NEWS that there is every possibility that AI would have a tremendous positive impact on the National Health Service (NHS). He further said that about £2.2bn ($2.97 billion) is being spent on pathology services annually and AI may be able to reduce this cost by 50 percent if used.
But unfortunately, some medial personals are of the opinion that these AI systems might be able to replace doctors in the nearest future. However, given the numerous roles of doctors in the healthcare sectors, these systems are more likely to play a supporting role to doctors and will assist human workers to effectively and efficiently carry out their tasks.