Artificial intelligence may be the new face of medical diagnostics. For the first time, a flavor of A.I. called deep learning is being implemented in new ultrasound imaging equipment to aid in breast exams and help patients avoid unnecessary biopsies.
A new feature in Samsung Medison’s ultrasound system uses a deep-learning algorithm to make recommendations about whether a breast abnormality is benign or cancerous. The “S-Detect for Breast” feature is now included in an upgrade to the company’s RS80A ultrasound system and is commercially available in parts of Europe, the Middle East and Korea and is pending FDA approval in the U.S., according to PR manager Doug Kim. Deep learning relies on large amounts of data to inform complex decision-making algorithms, has aided in everything from speech and image recognition software to pharmaceutical research.