New AI Tool Can Help Detect Skin Cancer

MIT recently released an AI system that can detect melanoma. It uses a deep convolutional neural network (DCCN) to quickly analyze a wide-area image of the patient’s skin, which can help to detect early skin cancer efficiently.

The principle is to first use a smartphone camera to take photos for the patient’s skin. The system detects, extracts and analyzes all the pigmented skin lesions that can be observed in the picture. With the help of pre-trained deep convolutional neural network (DCCN) the system determines the suspiciousness of a single pigmented lesion and marks it. The extracted features are used for further evaluation of pigmented lesions, and the results are displayed in a heat map format.

The system was trained by 20,388 images from 133 patients at the Hospital Gregorio Marañón in Madrid and a number of publicly available images. It distinguished more than 90.3% of SPLs from nonsuspicious lesions, skin, and complex backgrounds, avoiding the cumbersome and time-consuming single lesion imaging.

“Our research suggests that systems leveraging computer vision and deep neural networks, quantifying such common signs, can achieve comparable accuracy to expert dermatologists. We hope our research revitalizes the desire to deliver more efficient dermatological screenings in primary care settings to drive adequate referrals.” The researchers explained.

The development of AI technology has overturned the old medical landscape and created a new medical decision-making system. At present, the application of AI in the medical field is mainly concentrated in medical imaging, auxiliary diagnosis and treatment, health management, hospital management, disease prediction, and drug research etc., covering multiple clinical aspects such as screening, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis management.

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