When visiting a doctor, most people feel 100% confident that the opinion or advice they give you is correct, but why is that? Largely because they are an ‘expert’, and who am I to argue with their professional opinion? But what if a robot could replace them?
I’m certain that the majority of patients would not trust an artificial system compared to an experienced doctor. However, recent Artificial Intelligence systems were able perform better and more accurate.
At the Beijing competition in diagnosing brain tumors, fifteen of the best Chinese radiologists lost against a revolutionary artificial system called BioMind, developed by a team from the Artificial Intelligence Research Center for Neurological Disorders at the Beijing Tiantan Hospital. This system was capable of achieving an accuracy rate of 87%, compared to 66% for the doctors. In fact, BioMind was trained with thousands of medical images, which were retrieved from Tiantan Hospital’s archives. As a consequence, BioMind was able to diagnose neurological diseases comparable to that of senior doctors.
Beside the accuracy rate, BioMind was able to analyse the 225 cases in only 15 minutes, which was half the time taken by actual doctors. In the second round of the competition, the artificial system only took three minutes to give an accurate prediction in 83% of brain hematoma expansion cases, while the doctors needed 20 minutes to do the same thing with an accuracy rate of 63%.
“I hope, through this competition, that doctors can experience and harness the power of Artificial Intelligence” stated the vice-president of Beijing Tiantan Hospital. “I hope they can further understand AI and eliminate their fears toward it.” .
Without any doubt, BioMind would create very strong debates between supporters and opponents. Even though this artificial system seems very promising, many people would wonder if it could fully replace the doctor’s role in diagnosing diseases, as there are numerous factors that a machine cannot take into account, such as a patient’s state of health and family situation.
Mariem, Consultant, Leyton France
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