DeepMind Will Use AI to Streamline Targeted Cancer Treatment

DeepMind Will Use AI to Streamline Targeted Cancer Treatment Machine learning could cut the time it takes to plan a patient’s radiotherapy treatment by hours. Working out how to zap a tumor with radiation is a laborious process for physicians. Google’s machine learning division, DeepMind, thinks AI can help ease the burden. When medics apply radiotherapy to a cancer patient, they have to carefully determine which parts of the body should be exposed to radiation in order to kill the tumor while ensuring that as much healthy surrounding tissue as possible is preserved. The process, known as segmentation, requires the doctor to manually draw areas that can and can’t be treated onto a 3-D scan of the patient’s tumor site. The process is particularly complex for head and neck cancers, in…


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