Artificial Intelligence Competition Seeks to Improve Cancer Screening Technology

Booz Allen Hamilton and Kaggle have joined forces for the third annual Data Science Bowl competition, which awards competitors with $1 million in prizes to improve lung cancer screening technology through artificial intelligence, according to a company press release. One focus of the competition is to improve the early detection of lung cancer. In screening trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), investigators found that low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans can reduce cancer deaths by 20%.This much of a reduction would save more lives per year than any cancer-screening test in history, according to the release. However, significant challenges have created a barrier in implementing this technology. Low-dose CT scans have a high false-positive rate, which causes patient anxiety, and potentially leads to unnecessary and costly diagnostic work.A critical step…


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