Houston invention: Artificial Intelligence to read mammograms

Photo: Damian Dovarganes, STF Despite the benefit of a magnifying glass, radiologists  analyzing mammograms still recommend biopsies unnecessarily 20 percent of the time. Software developed by Houston Methodist artificial intelligence researchers promises quicker, more accurate results. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) Artificial intelligence researchers at Houston Methodist Hospital have developed computer software that could make the dreaded mammogram callback quicker and more reliable. In a paper published in the journal Cancer, the researchers reported that the software interpreted results of breast X-rays 30 times faster than doctors and with 99 percent accuracy. Human review of mammograms results in unnecessary biopsies nearly 20 percent of the time. “This software intelligently reviews millions of records in a short amount of time, enabling us to determine breast cancer risk more efficiently using a patient’s…

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