The technology is often seen as “like magic” in healthcare but there is little scientific evidence to support its use in screening in breast cancer.
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Google Health and Northwestern Medicine are to explore whether artificial intelligence could prioritise reviews of mammograms higher risk of breast cancer.
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Google DeepMind along with a number of partners have developed an AI model which can spot cancer in breast screening mammograms.
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Responding to Sir Mike Richards’ review into national screening programmes charities called for recommendations to be put in place “as soon as possible”.
Current IT systems “cannot support the safe running of screening programmes”, Professor Sir Mike Richards found in his review of screening programmes.
Professor Sir Mike Richards said new IT systems were “urgent priority” and booking an appointment needs to be as “simple as booking a plane ticket online”.
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A report by the Public Accounts Committee also found the failing IT systems played a “fundamental role” in missed screening appointments.
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Responding to the review charities have called for greater investment in IT systems to improve dwindling attendance numbers and a focus on AI.
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Professor Sir Mike Richards will lead the review, which will also focus on current and future IT systems. The review is due to be published in the summer.
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The calculator, which combines a woman’s family history with lifestyle factors, is the ‘most comprehensive method yet’ to predict the risk of the disease.